Advocates claim Bronx tenants in jeopardy of losing Section 8 housing

The City Council met Monday to discuss the status of Section 8 housing in the Bronx and city.

According to housing advocates, landlords operating approximately 54,000 apartments are under contract with Section 8 subsidized housing. But over the next four years, the landlords can opt to not renew their contracts, thus allowing them to charge higher rent to tenants. City Council Speaker Gifford Miller says many of the Section 8 apartments are in the Bronx.

While some see the situation as a big problem, a spokesperson for the Department of Housing and Urban Development says the issue is not new since Section 8 contracts began expiring in the late 1990s. The spokesperson went on to say that HUD has been very successful in the past in keeping landlords in the program and keeping rents affordable.

Still council members fear that residents will be left homeless because they are unaware of what is happening with Section 8. City Council members say tenants need to start paying attention before it's too late.

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