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  • 'Alarming to Not Have a Goal': City Council Pushes Adams Administration on Affordable Housing for Seniors

    A push for senior affordable housing (photo: John McCarten/City Council)

    Older New Yorkers, aged 65 and above, are the fastest growing age group in the city, currently numbering at about 1.24 million and expected to grow to as many as 1.4 million residents by 2040. They are also a population that experiences significant housing insecurity and other housing challenges, with more than half considered rent-burdened. As the city continues to grapple with a deepening affordable housing crisis, City Council members on Monday sought answers from Mayor Eric Adams’ administration about efforts to support and prioritize

  • New York's Opportunity to Purchase: Help Stabilized Renters Buy Their Buildings

    Affordable housing (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    Rent increases begin for roughly one million rent-stabilized New York City apartments on October 1, the highest increases since 2013.

    Fallout from the pandemic has strained landlords, especially owners of smaller multi-family rental buildings, and it has also dramatically impacted families who were already struggling to pay even below-market-rate rents.

    At the “...

  • How to Break Barriers to Build More Housing in New York? Experts Point to Changes

    A ground-breaking (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

    New York City has an acute housing shortage, with emergency-level lows in apartment vacancies, especially for units affordable to most New Yorkers, and astronomical rents, a homelessness crisis, and halting recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    At the core of the city’s housing supply deficit is a lengthy and cumbersome land use decision-making process, a bureaucratic maze of local and state regulations combined with political dynamics that have often

  • Max Politics Podcast: Getting New York Out of Its Housing Crisis

    Housing on the way (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

    September 23, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Getting New York Out of Its Housing Crisis

    Moses Gates, Vice President for Housing and Neighborhood Planning at the Regional Plan Association, joined the show to discuss New York City's housing crisis, what policies are key to addressing it, the unique political moment we're in, and how to find more consensus on this contentious issue.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter ...

  • It's Time to Separate Housing from Politics

    Housing (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

    It’s time for New York to depoliticize housing.

    Population growth across the five boroughs has so badly outpaced housing production over the last decade thatthe city needs more than half a million new units by 2030...

  • With Queens Development Decision, Cabán Recasts Progressive Approach to Housing


    City Council Member Tiffany Cabán, left, unveils her housing agenda (photo: @CabanD22)

    *This article is published in partnership withNew York Focus*

    New York City Council Member Tiffany Cabán on Tuesday announced her support for a proposed rezoning that will allow a three-tower, 1300-unit housing development in Astoria known as Halletts North, in a shift from how other progressive lawmakers have

  • Adaptive Reuse of Vacant Retail Can Build Better Neighborhoods

    Closed storefronts (photo: Office of Manhattan Borough President)

    Occupied storefronts in New York City make neighborhoods lively, convenient, and livable. But there is a big difference between thriving retail and retail vacancy. When metal grilles and empty spaces dominate, ground-floor retail becomes a community and citywide liability. Vacant stores are ugly, make people feel less safe, attract graffiti, and fail to offer needed neighborhood services. 

    Even before the pandemic, many neighborhoods were blighted by

  • What Happened to the Sunnyside Yard Master Plan?

    Rendering of the Sunnyside Yard Master Plan

    In March 2020, then-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and Amtrak released the Sunnyside Yard Master Plan, an ambitious $14 billion infrastructure project that would deck the 180-acre rail yard in Queens and effectively create a new community with thousands of affordable homes and dozens of acres of green and public space situated atop a new regional rail hub.

    But the plan was released at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, just before the city and state went into lockdown, economic activity slowed to a crawl, and every city infrastructure project was put on

  • In a ‘City of Yes,’ We Can’t Say No to Land Use Equity

    Mayor Adams talks housing (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

    In the spring, the Adams administration announced “City of Yes,” a package of citywide zoning text amendments that ostensibly aim to advance affordable housing, jobs, and sustainability. ANHD applauds the recognition that a citywide

  • The City Council’s First Test to be The City of Yes We All Need

    New housing (photo: @NYCHousing)

    The housing market in New York City is more unaffordable than ever. How we got here may be complicated, including decades of zoning barriers to building affordable housing and insufficient overall production, but the way out is simple: every neighborhood must do its part to add to our affordable housing supply, without exception or delay. Rejecting the outdated attitude of “no” is the only

  • An Opportunity for Progress in Combating the City’s Housing Crisis

    A rendering of The Lirio

    The ongoing affordable housing crisis in New York City requires bold solutions. We must house more people, especially in vulnerable populations. In Hell’s Kitchen we have an opportunity to do just that with The Lirio, a newly proposed 112-unit affordable housing development, which will include affordable homes for long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS.

    New York City has been in an immense housing crisis for decades. Although our population and job demand have grown, we haven’t built enough housing to keep up. Now we

  • Public Advocate Releases Plan to 'End Systemic Homelessness' in New York City by 2026

    Public Advocate Williams and Committee members on Friday (photo: @nycpa)

    A coalition led by New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has released a four-year roadmap to “ending homelessness as we know it,” proposing several strategies to help the roughly 55,000 unhoused people in the city move into stable, affordable housing.

    Williams, a Democrat, released the new report alongside housing experts and individuals impacted by homelessness outside his Manhattan offices on Friday. He said that mayoral administrations have often focused on moving homeless people from the streets and subways into

  • New York’s Housing Crisis is Worse Than Ever; It’s Time to Send in the Cavalry

    Housing to be built (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

    New York’s housing crisis is at a fever pitch – and there is new data to prove it. In a newreport, the national pro-housing group Up For Growth found that New York State’s housing shortage worsened dramatically during the 2010s.

    The Empire State was

    NYCHA CEO Outlines Next Steps for Recently-Passed Preservation Trust

    NYCHA Chair and CEO Greg Russ (photo: Office of governor Kathy Hochul)

    New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chair and CEO Greg Russ spoke at some length Thursday morning about the recently-passed New York City Public Housing Preservation Trust, which promises a new fundraising mechanism to help repair 25,000 units of housing within the NYCHA portfolio, and how it figures into the larger picture of efforts being made to rescue the city’s crumbling public housing.

    The event, part of the CityLaw series hosted by New York Law School, featured an introduction by Ross Sandler, law professor

  • Passed by Legislature, Uncertain Future for Bill to Ensure Access to Public Housing for Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers

    NYCHA Eastchester Garden Houses, The Bronx (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    A bill that lawmakers say could ensure more people leaving incarceration have access to public housing passed the State Legislature earlier this year and is awaiting the governor's signature. But housing and criminal justice advocates say the legislation, while "well-intentioned," may contain a language loophole that could render it meaningless and expose it to legal challenges.

    The legislation is intended to remove most of the New York

  • Stepping Up Suburban Housing Easier Said Than Done

    Belmont and beyond, on Long Island (photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/Governor's Office)

    To housing advocates, the solution to the New York City region’s affordability crisis is frustratingly simple enough: build, build, build, and build some more. To them, the suburbs and the single-family homeowners therein serve as selfishly guarded relics from an era long ago that aren’t doing their fair share.

    But painting the long vexing issue of housing affordability with such a supply-side broad brush ignores a fundamental tenet of sound

  • New Housing Blueprint Gives LGBTQ New Yorkers Another Reason to Celebrate

    Pride (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    This June in New York City unfolded with a welcome, if not obviously connected, set of events: Pride Month, and the newHousing Blueprint from the administration of Mayor Eric Adams. As two transgender advocates who worked together last year on an...

  • New Brownsville Complex Offers Housing for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, Dent in New York's Prison-to-Shelter Pipeline

    The Marcus Garvey Extension Project (photo: The Osborne Association)

    A new supportive housing development with 52 units designated for recently incarcerated individuals is now open in Brownsville, Brooklyn. This past week, the Osborne Association, a nonprofit focused on helping justice-involved people, celebrated the opening of their first housing initiative of its kind, part of their broader $179 million Marcus Garvey Extension Project.

    The effort to provide stable, permanent housing for those who have recently been incarcerated

  • Democratic and Republican Candidates for Governor Offer Varied Housing Plans

    New York City (photo: Governor's Office)

    New Yorkers are voting this month in the Democratic and Republican primaries for Governor as the state grapples with an affordable housing crisis that has hit downstate regions home to some two-thirds of its population the hardest. The issue has been far more elevated among the three Democratic candidates to lead the state for the next four years, with the four Republican candidates largely ignoring the topic. That trend changed somewhat when Gotham Gazette asked the Republican campaigns about the issue.

    Candidates on both sides of the aisle do

  • Rent Guidelines Board Votes Through Rent Increases for 1 Million NYC Apartments

    Housing in the Bronx (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    Update: On Tuesday evening, the Rent Guidelines Board voted 5-4 to approve rent increases of 3.25% on one-year leases and 5% on two-year leases for the roughly 1 million rent-stabilized apartments in New York City.

    Many elected officials quickly condemned the decision, calling the increases too high, though they are lower than what the board's independent analysis showed building owners need to cover rising costs. Still, many

  • 'Housing Cannot Be A Privilege': Mayor Adams Releases Highly-Anticipated Housing Plan

    Mayor Adams building housing (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

    Five-and-a-half months into his administration, Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday released a comprehensive plan for housing and homelessness that aims to build new mixed-income rental housing, preserve existing affordable units, improve public housing stock, expedite the creation of supportive housing, cut red tape that prevents homeless people from accessing housing, and help New Yorkers buy affordable homes. 

    The mayor’s plan, dubbed “Housing Our Neighbors: A Blueprint for Housing and Homelessness,” reflects a paradigm shift from

  • Max Politics Podcast: What Building Owners Want from the Rent Guidelines Board and Policy-Makers

    Housing New York City (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    June 14, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: What Building Owners Want from the Rent Guidelines Board and Policy-Makers

    Jay Martin, executive director of CHIP, The Community Housing Improvement Program, which represents 4,000 owners and managers of over 400,000 rent-stabilized rental properties in New York City, joined the show to discuss what his members want to see from the NYC Rent Guidelines Board and policy-makers at the city and state levels.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what

  • The Suburbs Need to Finally Step Up in New York Housing Crisis

    Housing in view (photo: Governor's Office)

    It is easy to focus on New York City proper when thinking about the affordable housing crisis. Initial findings from the city’s triennialHousing and Vacancy Survey, for example, show that

    Little Being Done to Address New York’s Prison-to-Shelter Pipeline

    A housing rally (photo:John McCarten/City Council)

    Two out of five people returning to New York City from prison last year were released to a shelter or another placement for homeless adults, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). At roughly 2,050 people, it was enough to fill the largest hotel in midtown Manhattan. They often ended up sleeping on the streets.

    Those inside the so-called prison-to-shelter pipeline say cycling through the criminal legal and shelter systems is destabilizing and dehumanizing as they attempt to reenter

  • Albany Can Give New York City More Power to Fix the Housing Crisis

    Housing in focus (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    State lawmakers clearly understand that New York faces an emergency-level housing crisis and have acted accordingly: adopting a five-year housing plan to invest $25 billion in affordable and supportive housing across the state. But the job is not over, there are several important housing bills under consideration that would help New York City fight the housing crisis.

    In the final days of the state legislative session, Albany has a chance to help the city