Neighboring the proposed amazon campus in Long Island city is the largest public housing development in America, $6,000 strong. Families at the Queensbridge houses live well below the poverty line with a median annual income under $16,000.
Many say they’re interested in working for the tech giant.
“I’m in favor because I want to know what do they have. What does it entail? They type of jobs that they have and the training,” Audrey Hilliard, a Queensbridge resident said.
But amid a report the company is reconsidering building one of it's HQ2 facilities in New York due to political opposition, residents say they wouldn't lose sleep if the deal fell through.
“If you don’t want us we don’t want you honestly speaking if they were to ditch the deal I wouldn’t feel too bad because as I said the local businesses will get to thrive,” Will Maisonet, another Queensbridge resident said.
Lynne Patton, the regional federal housing administrator appointed by President trump gave an eye roll to politicians opposed to the deal, tweeting: “Everywhere I go politicians always decry the lack of jobs or the lack of housing yet whenever the opportunity actually presents itself for more jobs. 1500 amazon for Queensbridge residents alone or more affordable housing, politicians are always the first to complain.”
As Part of the amazon deal, the city intends to invest $10 million to train and place 1,500 residents at the Queensbridge houses over 10 years.
Residents say they aren’t yet sold on that promise. And they aren’t sure how attainable those jobs would be.
“I believe it would depend on whether or not it’s going to benefit the community or not in any way if it’s going to benefit the community, I would think if they dissed us that would be a problem considering they would be taking so much room and take up so many resources in the community,” Queensbridge resident Ivan Gonzales added.
At the end of the day, residents say if the deal dies, life goes on at the Queensbridge houses.