Ricky Leung


Nominated by Damaris Reyes, Good Old Lower East Side


This award honored Ricky Leung posthumously.


Ricky Leung was a Board Member of Good Old Lower East Side. He was a Section 8 tenant leader, community activist, son of the Lower East Side and Chinatown, and a true friend of GOLES. Leung was an architect, as well as a member of Community Board 3.


Testimony given before the House Financial Services Committee on behalf of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) by Ricky Leung: 


My name is Ricky Leung. I am an architect by profession and a tenant in project-based Section 8 housing; the President of the Cherry Street Tenant Association in the Lower East Side of Manhattan; and the elected Secretary of the NAHT Board… For 30 years, I have grown up in the 488 unit Cherry Street Apartment complex in a Section 8 apartment with my two aging parents, whose stable jobs in the garment industry were largely wiped out after 9/11. Cherry Street has provided a secure home for our family, which I largely support while working as an apprentice architect in Manhattan. Neither my parents nor I would be able to survive long paying full rent in the overheated Manhattan market. The other 487 families in the Cherry Street community are working families, professionals and retirees; old, young, and in between; African American, Caucasian, AsianAmerican and Latino. We are the diverse New York working and middle class, a microcosm of the City and of the nation. As President of the Cherry Street Tenants Association for the past eight years, I have worked to help our community sustain and thrive in the face of increasing threats from a super hot real estate market… In the wake of the traumas inflicted on New York City in 2001, the loss of more than 54,000 affordable housing units is a crisis which we can neither bear nor ignore. The people of our city are still reeling from the after shocks of 9/11. Cherry Street and other subsidized housing developments are home to many of the police, firefighters and health service workers who performed heroically after the 9/11 attacks, as well as many low income and elderly people who simply have no options in the high rental market of New York City.



RIP Ricky Leung, Lower East Side Affordable Housing Activist