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Velazquez on the Passing of Community Leader Michael Steel

Velázquez on the Passing of Community Leader Michael Steel
January 15, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the passing of Lower East Side community leader Michael Steel:

            “I am deeply saddened by the recent passing of Michael Steel, a beloved resident and community leader. Michael served as President of the Rutgers Housing, a New York City Housing Development (NYCHA) on the Lower East Side for 12 years. He was a dedicated, lifelong advocate for social justice and decent, safe, and affordable public housing. Michael gave voice to the needs of the diverse Rutgers Houses community. Whether it was demanding repairs, holding monthly meetings to hear tenants concerns, or building a coalition of volunteers to help tenants impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Michael’s life experience during the civil rights movement had a deep effect on his life and instilled his quest for social justice for all. He was a member of numerous boards including the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).

            “As many gather this weekend to honor a champion for civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King, let us also remember the unsung heroes in our community like Michael Steel.”