From the Times Ledger:
With one foreclosure for every 34 houses in Jamaica, residents of southeast Queens are more than a little worried about their neighborhoods.
There are concerns about an uptick in crime, the exodus of friends and family members from the area and foreclosures in general “threatening the social fabric of our community,” said Barbara Brown, chairwoman of Eastern Queens Alliance. The federation of civics in southeast Queens co−sponsored with the Community Affairs Unit of the mayor’s office a forum on the housing crisis Monday night.
More than 50 borough residents attended the forum at JHS 231 in Springfield Gardens, and many of the residents who spoke at the event said they were concerned about the empty foreclosed homes being hotbeds of illegal activity and the foreclosures causing their property value to plummet.