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New York Times: ‘Outside the Spotlight, Bill de Blasio Wages a War on Inequality’

(Photo: Facebook/Bill de Blasio)

(Photo: Facebook/Bill de Blasio)

In his first year as New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio moved to close the economic gap between the rich and poor, including:

• Negotiating a new $140 million deal with the state to subsidize rents for homeless families, which is projected to move some 5,000 families out of shelters in 2015.

• Setting aside 20 percent of new units of affordable housing for families with household incomes of $40,000 a year or less.

• Financing the construction of nearly 3,900 units of affordable housing and the preservation of more than 7,500 others, with a goal of reaching 16,000 units.

• Ensuring homeless families are prioritized for apartments belonging to the city’s Housing Authority.

• Increasing funding for the Housing Authority, with tens of millions of dollars going toward maintenance, repairs and enhanced security.

• Doubling the capital budget of its Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

• Dedicating funds in municipal contracts for career development and education.

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