Roosevelt Island, NY ApartmentsCommunity ForumWhy is Roosevelt Island also known as Welfare Island?
Why is Roosevelt Island also known as Welfare Island? And does this mean I should be able to find section 8 and subsidized housing in RI? Reason I ask, a friend referred to Roosevelt as Welfare Island and I couldn't tell if she was joking or not.
There's a lot of Affordable Housing on Roosevelt Island that you will be able to find on your apartment search. Roosevelt Island was called Welfare Island because it was used for a repository for the "down and out".
The Island was referred to as Welfare Island because it was owned by the City Of New York until the 1970s. It is actually a pricey rental area, similar to rents in Prime nabes of NYC. I hope this answered your question.