Volume 75, Number 45 | March 29 -April 04 2006

Villager photos by Gary He

Fearing for their safe Haven

Housing activists and tenants from Haven Plaza, a 371-unit affordable housing development on Avenue C between 11th and 13th Sts. developed by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, handed out 1,000 fliers to parishioners and visitors going into St. Patrick’s Cathedral before Cardinal Egan’s Mass last Sunday. Haven Plaza is about to get hit with a 21.5 percent rent hike. A third of the units in Haven Plaza are in the Section 8 program, and won’t feel the effects of the rent increase. In photo at, from left, Shoshana Krieger of Good Old Lower East Side; Abraham Ruiz, president of Haven Plaza Tenants Association; and Gloria Pitre and Mike Irizarry, Haven Plaza residents, with photographs showing poor conditions inside the apartments.

Nicole Guevarra, left, and Minerva deJesus handed out fliers.

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