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Coney Island is a community that struggles with high unemployment, high poverty, the rapid loss of affordable housing, and a dwindling amusement district once hailed as the “peoples’ playground.” As the City moved its redevelopment plan through the zoning process, we joined with community residents and activists to ensure that the City’s plan would benefit the entire community and bring opportunity to residents.
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“I raised my kids in Coney Island Houses and have been active in the community for over 37 years. A lot of the affordable housing in Coney Island is at-risk, and new development will only increase costs. We need the City’s plan to provide residents with safe and affordable places to live and raise their families.”

–Carmen Gonzalez, ACORN member

“I recently started a new part-time job, but I’m just barely making it. A lot people who work full-time can’t pay their rent now, so I’m worried about what the future holds. We need good jobs in Coney Island, and also schools, grocery stores, and parks so our kids have a brighter future here.”

–Laverne Penn, ACORN member

“I live in Coney Island and commute over an hour to work in midtown Manhattan. Thanks to my union, I have a good job with benefits. I’d like to see my friends and neighbors have the opportunity to get good jobs that pay a living wage and give them a voice right here in Coney Island.”

–Rochelle Kelly, New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council union member