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Immigrant Construction Workers Hold Vigil to Honor Worker’s Death

Plus: New Yorkers opens up $100M rent relief program and is issuing funding regardless of immigration status

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Immigrant construction workers in New York City held a vigil Tuesday for Diego Rodriguez Celi who fell to his death while working a construction job last Friday. The demonstration was held at 85 Jay St. in Brooklyn, which is known for alleged safety violations. Apart from unsafe working conditions, workers have also accused the general contractor of the site of wage theft. Immigrant construction workers and labor unions held the vigil to advocate for better protections for workers in an industry notorious for dangerous working conditions and unjust deaths for undocumented immigrants.

Low-income New Yorkers Eligible for $100M in Rent Relief

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced a $100 million fund for rent-strapped residents facing eviction or homelessness. The state’s Rental Supplement Program aims to have each county in New York create a program that helps their low-income populations in their own way. New York City will receive $68 million of the 2022 budget for the Rental Supplement Program, while the other parts of New York state will receive $32 million. Families can qualify if they earn under 50% of their area’s median income, regardless of immigration status. Those making less than 30% will be prioritized. News10 ABC

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