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Monday, March 12, 2012

Alone In Public Housing, With Extra Space

Getting tenants like Shirley Jones, 70, to downsize from two-bedrooms they do not need anymore is a delicate problem for the New York City Housing Authority.

After 40 years living in her Manhattan apartment, Shirley Jones has accumulated a lifetime of mementos: pictures of yawning babies, colonies of tiny figurines, photographs of relatives, and a small collection of stuffed animals crowded onto a chair in the living room. Ms. Jones, 70, moved into her apartment, in the Amsterdam Houses on West 63rd Street, with her son when she was 30 years old and has lived there ever since.

But last month, she opened a letter that said it was time for her to go: Ms. Jones lives alone in a public housing development, taking up a two-bedroom apartment that she no longer requires.



Anonymous said...

Why would she need to live in public housing for 40 years?

lmclain said...

I got $50 that says her son is still living with her, or he's managed to get his OWN apartment and his OWN welfare check. I'd like to do some collecting", too. I can't, however, because I'm too busy paying the mortgage and electric. 40 YEARS? FORTY YEARS!! I wonder what obama thinks her "fair share" is?

Anonymous said...

Did either of you read the article?