Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, Tenant Advocates, Secure Chinese & Spanish Language Services at L.E.S. Housing Development

November 20, 2017

New York – Today, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, the 10 Stanton Street Tenant Board and Cooper Square Committee announced that the 10 Stanton building management will now provide housing services in Chinese and Spanish, through a translation phone service. This comes in response to ongoing advocacy from Assemblymember Niou, tenant leaders and Cooper Sq. Committee.

“Tenants should not be forced to rely on a third party business to translate basic, and sometimes confidential, housing documents – particularly when a landlord is required to provide housing services in a tenant’s preferred language,” said Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou. “10 Stanton has a large Chinese and Spanish-speaking population, and it’s critical that building management provide accessible housing services to all tenants, regardless of their background. I commend the 10 Stanton tenants for their push for accessible housing services, and Cooper Square Committee for their ongoing advocacy at this development.”

“In conjunction with Assemblymember Niou, Cooper Square Committee, management and tenants our efforts sparked the difference. We encourage all residents to educate themselves with their rights! We have learned through our community that we have the right to translation if we are non-English speakers, through federal requirements. Having the support of our elected officials to receive this sort of support and information is amazing,” said the 10 Stanton Street Tenant Board, Alysha Lewis Coleman, Deborah Gonzalez, Angela Torres and Carlos Rodriguez.

"The Cooper Square Committee is happy that the management of 10 and 210 Stanton Street has agreed to the tenants' request that they provide on-site translation services to their Cantonese speaking tenants. Given that about half of the more than 300 households in these two buildings are Chinese, this is vitally important," said Steve Herrick, Executive Director at Cooper Square Committee. “We really appreciate the efforts of Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou's office to help negotiate this commitment.”

Over the summer, dozens of tenants at 10 Stanton Street, a project based Section 8 building on the Lower East Side, signed a petition asking management to improve their language access services. In response to this, Niou spearheaded efforts supporting tenants’ requests, and sent a letter to building management and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pushing for better translation services. A copy of the letter is attached to this release.

If tenants at 10 Stanton Street need translation services on a housing matter, they need to call the management office and request to speak to someone in their preferred language.