BRONX, NY–New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her choice to live in a luxury D.C. residence by telling her constituents at a town hall meeting in her district Thursday night that the Navy Yard apartment was no different than the new affordable apartment units built in Queens recently.
At the beginning of the year, Ocasio-Cortez was in a back and forth with critics when it was reported by The Washington Examiner her DC apartment was unaffordable to those with less money.
I go in and I do a tour with one of these seniors…and she opens the door and it looks just like my apartment…
“I moved into this luxury buildings in D.C. and what it doesn’t have is– it’s an efficient building. It’s clean. It has a public-space. It has a rooftop garden, where I’ll watch my Instagram. It has all of these things. It has clean air. It has clean water. And I think about this and I think this is what a luxury building is like,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez continued, “I just toured an affordable housing unit yesterday and this was one of the first developments of its kind in the borough of Queens in 30 years. Sixty-seven units of affordable senior housing–20 to 30 percent of those units were reserved for seniors who were formerly homeless.”
The New York Congresswoman said the Queens building was “phenomenal” and was built using “passive house methods and technology.”
According to the congresswoman, the building is 90 percent more carbon efficient and 90 percent cleaner than any other building in New York City and an affordable housing residence run by a non-for-profit.
“I go in and I do a tour with one of these seniors…and she opens the door and it looks just like my apartment. It looks like my luxury apartment…what we have been taught is that what is a luxury should not be a luxury.”
Earlier in her remarks, Ocasio-Cortez referred to housing as a “human right” saying, “So we talk about what are we doing to make sure that housing is being legislated as a human right? What does that mean? What it means is that our access and our ability and power are guarantees to having a home comes before someone else’s privilege to earn a profit.”