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Affordable housing is key to Mamaroneck’s post-Ida recovery Jennifer Jacobs Guzmán 

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20.09.2021

Over the past weeks, Mamaroneck and Larchmont residents have faced a crisis born by climate change and intensified by long-standing social and economic inequality. Hurricane Ida left a concentration of our community’s multi-family and affordable housing stock at a greater risk of flooding and damage in the future. In addition to the physical damage to homes, these families now face the risk of displacement, housing instability, or even homelessness.

Hurricane Ida has passed, but it continues to cause damage. The list of impacted neighborhoods continues to grow along with the piles of debris that are being collected as this is written. Beyond ruined cars and soggy carpets, are the remnants of our neighbor’s private lives — framed artwork, a football trophy, piles of records and books.

Friends and neighbors are sleeping in Red Cross and DSS shelters, on family sofas, and in hotels until their homes are safe to return to. In other parts of the NY region, flash flooding took the lives of families living in unpermitted basement units that are so often the only........

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