New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had some face-to-face time with Cardinal Timothy Dolan this week, and among the topics the duo discussed was affordable housing. In a city of nosebleed-inducing housing prices, Dolan said creating and maintaining affordable housing was “God’s work,” according to AM New York.
The city and the archdiocese are working out a plan to use the church’s extensive real estate holdings in the city to provide affordable housing and shelters for the homeless.
“We still got some meat and potatoes to work out, but I think it’s a go,” Dolan was quoted in the newspaper. “And if you ask me, I don’t have a choice because Jesus told me to do this. I didn’t need the mayor to tell me to do this.”
Dolan added that he and De Blasio report to the same constituency: “namely God’s people, the people of this city.”
“Amen, beautifully said,” the mayor replied.