City Council passes two bills that could benefit low-income BX residents

The City Council has passed two bills aimed at improving the quality of life for low-income Bronx residents.

The first bill focuses on encouraging low-income residents to enroll in the food stamp program. The proposal includes allowing residents to apply online and waiving the required one-on-one interview.

Under the housing bill, tenants would be allowed to buy their apartments if their building owner chose to no longer take part in affordable housing programs such as Mitchell Lama and Section 8. The hope is to keep rents down.

Before the bills can be passed into law, Mayor Bloomberg must give final approval.

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