NEW YORK, New York (WABC) – Two influential unions held a rally at City Hall on Tuesday to call on the New York City Council to support the development of One45 in Harlem.

Members of 32BJ and Local 79 discussed the importance of creating One45 housing for a workforce for Harlem residents with good union wages, as well as affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents.

Speakers singled out the One45 project as a model of how neighborhoods across the city can create high-quality housing for rental-level labor that affordable union members can afford, and help residents stay in areas where they have lived and worked for years.

They say One45 will address the growing need for housing for the New York City workforce, as most new housing projects provide housing only at market rates and with low incomes through mandatory housing inclusion.

This means that households headed by one or two union members cannot qualify for typical mandatory housing and often cannot afford to rent at market rates.

Union members working on building and maintaining new housing in New York City should also be able to live there, they argue.

One45 will house a variety of New Yorkers, including union workers, formerly homeless seniors, low- and moderate-income New Yorkers, and those who can afford to rent at market rates.

Overall, fans say the One45 will promote a truly community with a different income.

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