Quinn, de Blasio talk affordable housing for middle class

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Christine Quinn says her plan would quadruple construction of middle-class housing. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn called for 40,000 new middle-income units Monday, the same day Public Advocate Bill de Blasio accepted an endorsement from a tenant advocacy group.

“The single greatest crisis of affordability in New York City is housing and without an aggressive housing plan that allows middle class New Yorkers to live, work and raise a family here, we risk breaking the backbone of our local economy,” Quinn said in a statement.

Quinn laid out the 10-year proposal in front of a Brooklyn development that has nearly 12,000 applications for just 29 units. She said her plan would quadruple the current rate of middle-class housing construction while maintaining the current rate of 4,000 new lower-income apartments being added every year.

Despite her plans, on Monday a tenant advocacy group endorsed Quinn’s opponent, de Blasio.

“He recognizes the importance of making housing affordable for all New Yorkers, and he has always stood up for tenants,” said Tenants Political Action Committee Treasurer Michael McKee in a statement.

For his part, de Blasio has called for freezing stabilized rents at the current rate. If elected, he said he would help create or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing in the next 10 years.

“Affordable housing is fundamental to the strength of our city, yet too many of our fellow citizens are being priced out of their own homes. That needs to end,” de Blasio said in a statement.

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