Tenants across the state are experiencing Governor Cuomo's housing crisis. Read their letters to Governor Cuomo about the housing crisis and how it has impacted their lives. 

 

 

Dear Governor Cuomo,

My name is Karen Murray and I’ve been living with AIDS for years. Maybe if my life were different that would not be the case.

I was virally suppressed but have been inconsistent with taking my meds for about 5 to 6 years. Maybe it was around the time when I was homeless. 

Being homeless made me feel lost deep in my spirit, and I thought things would get better when I found a place of my own but depression didn’t stop. I live with bats, mice, sewage problems...

Dear Governor Cuomo,

My name is Romula Anglero; I live in Inwood with my three sons. For ten years we have been living in the same building, though things have changed dramatically since you came in office.  It usually takes me an hour to get to my cleaning job, but with the current state of the trains, it takes me way more time now...

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Dear Governor Cuomo,

My name is Maribeth Sheedy. I live in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY, in the Village of Akron. I am a resident of the Akron Mobile Home Park, now known as Akron Estates. I have lived in this community for 12 years with my husband Shawn and my 18-year-old son Jacob...

 

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Dear Governor Cuomo,

My name is David Lofton and I live in Hempstead, NY in a “rent-controlled” building. I have lived in my apartment for 5 years, and even though my building was supposed to have a $0 increase for this year, the landlord is increasing the rent anyway.

A lot of people don't know the law, so people feel the need to either pay it or move...

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Governor Cuomo, We're living in unsafe & unhealthy conditions

Dear Governor Cuomo, 

My name is Pedro and I've lived in Rochester, NY for 22 years this upcoming June. Since I've been here so long and have Section 8, you would think I have stable housing and live in a nice apartment in a nice neighborhood. But instead I've been living with mold and mice, and I've gotten bed bugs twice.

My apartment is in the back of the building and when it gets cold, I get all the cold from both sides...

Governor Cuomo, Stand for What's Right

Governor Andrew Cuomo,

My name is Gloria Tellez-Tovar and I live in a rent stabilized building for more than 20yrs. The building where I live is probably one of the few rent stabilized buildings that still exist in Bushwick. When my parents migrated from Mexico years ago we moved a lot, even back then it was very hard to find a place to live....

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PROTECT VULNERABLE NEW YORKERS

Dear Governor Cuomo,

When my husband Joel and I moved to New Paltz 11 years ago to be closer to our daughter and her family, we had a hard time finding a rental in our budget.

I started developing vision issues in 2000 and was unable to work from then on. My husband Joel retired at 65 after having knee surgery, and neither of us were provided 401K plans or pensions through our employers...

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Dear Governor Cuomo, 

My name is GG, and I’m homeless. I live in a women’s shelter in Harlem NY and have been homeless for a year and a half now.

I’ve been looking for an apartment but haven't been able to find anything that’s affordable, along with thousands of other New Yorkers that are living in shelters...

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Governor Cuomo, Take a Walk in Our Shoes

Dear Governor Cuomo,

I recently faced every renter’s worst nightmare — eviction. Almost three years ago, I was living in what seemed like an endless cycle of tenant harassment, unjust police intervention, and debt.

I live in the Village of Hempstead on Long Island -- an area where police are constantly targeting low-income residents of color...

A letter from Helen

Dear Governor Andrew Cuomo,

My name is Helen. I am a part-time home health aide and I live in downtown Kingston with my five beautiful children. 

In 2015, I was evicted and had to move temporarily to live with family in Syracuse. But Kingston is my home. I took time to find a new place in Kingston, where my children are happy and where they go to school...

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