I met Roger Blondell around 2 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon in early July. A tall chubby black man, Blondell was dressed in worn-in jeans and a shirt that looked like he’d had it on for a few days. Still, he didn’t seem quite homeless.
Today, Senator Diane Savino, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, New Yorkers with disabilities, legislative colleagues, and disability rights and housing advocates announced enactment of legislation to expand the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) program.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed State legislation sponsored by Savino and Kavanagh on Tuesday that will increase the maximum income limitation for the program, making about 1,000 additional households in New York City eligible to have their rent frozen.
Jerry Breen is the Eviction Prevention Program Manager. The Coalition for the Homeless’ Eviction Prevention Program saves more than 600 households every year from losing their homes and experiencing the trauma of homelessness.