Three-Quarters Houses

Thursday, December 16, 2010

WNYC reporter Cindy Rodriguez joins staff attorney for MFY Legal ServicesTanya Kessler, to discuss Cindy's story on the so-called "three-quarters houses" -- boarding homes that pack in poor people, and collect welfare funds or disability checks as rent.


Tanya Kessler and Cindy Rodriguez

Comments [5]

Victim of Mr. Baumblitt's housing scheme from Brooklyn, NY

How could someone who also resided in this 3/4 and would like to file a lawsuite contact Tanya Kessler?

May. 15 2012 01:41 PM
Advocate for Transitional Housing from Brooklyn

It amazes Me Cindy That you call yourself a Journalist. You spoke to clients only for your completed story. You did not speak to anyone but addicts. In most cases active or recently active addicts. That is what transitional housing is for, Substance Abuse Clients. Did you know that there are Houses that are approved by H.R.A.? do you also know that there is a Law on the books, a Federal Law that states" any person suffering from a disability can occupy over the legal per family code as long as they all share a common disability.? no you mention nothing about that. Your story is one sided because in fact you work for the agency that is filling the class action lawsuit. I know you need to drum up support my dear but at the expense of who? who is the bad guy here?
have you even stepped foot inside of a transitional house ? or do you go on the words of your contacts? who are your contacts. Do you even know another company besides The one that your suing or did you just throw the whole industry into the pot by saying that all three quarter houses are illegal. I question your journalism. I question YOUR ethics. I question your sources. I admit there are a few homes out there that are all about the money. but for every one home that is like that there are ten that dont operate like that. Anytime you have money you have greed. this is not a wide spreed problem my dear. this is a problem that your organization has and is trying to drum up support.

Jul. 19 2011 10:31 PM
K Yau from Brooklyn, NY

What great investigative journalism! The callers' comments are very much appreciated.

Dec. 17 2010 05:01 PM
neigbhor from Brooklyn.

I live next to three 3/4 house in Bed Stuy. In one one man of 22, a crack dealer was shot the beginning of this year. You would think that would close the house, but no. After a giddy city official left the house looking smitten, the next crack dealer moved in. We have people screaming the dealer's name all times of the day. Ah, and did I mention kids live in the house also. Something like 8 kids ranging from newborn to 14. It is insane.

Dec. 16 2010 11:45 AM

You are hereby accused of practicing journalism. Ma'am, do you have a license for that?

Dec. 16 2010 10:07 AM

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