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Syracuse Speaks: The On-Going Housing Dilemma in Central New York

Justin Fogarty/The Stand Newspaper

Tenants’ rights advocates, affordable home managers, and those striving for fair housing see the COVID pandemic as only worsening the barriers and struggles that already existed for those trying to find an adequate place to live. For this episode of Syracuse Speaks, we collaborated with The Southside Stand on a panel discussion focused on how COVID has impacted those on the margins of safe, affordable housing, and how programs and policies designed to help are working.

The panel was moderated by The Stand reporter Eddie Velazquez and included:

  • Andrew Lunetta: Executive Director, A Tiny Home For Good 
  • Latoya Allen: Deputy Director for Home HeadQuarters - also board member of Blueprint 15 & Syracuse Common Councilor for District 4 
  • Stephanie Kenific: Organizer with Syracuse Eviction Defense Campaign and Syracuse Tenants Organizing for Power (STOP!) 
  • Sally Santangelo: Executive Director with CNY Fair Housing 

They discussed how the pandemic impacted housing for already vulnerable Syracuse residents, the state of tenant-landlord relationships through extended eviction moratoriums, and if funding from the American Rescue Plan is reaching those who need it.

Have an idea for Syracuse Speaks? Contact Producer Kevin Kloss

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.