Ending Displacement

About

Increasing land values and speculation encourage harassment and displacement of residents and small businesses in New York City’s neighborhoods. The acceleration of residential and commercial markets leads landlords to harass tenants in order to drive out existing families and businesses as a route to higher profits. Additionally, behind these landlords is often an investment fund or bank lender who has overleveraged the building with financing that encourages this behavior.

Why This Matters

The harassment and displacement activity we are seeing across all five boroughs undermines affordability, fuels gentrification, and exacerbates existing inequality. Low- and moderate-income New Yorkers, people of color, immigrants, and other marginalized populations deserve the right to remain in the homes and communities they have built, instead of facing predatory practices that displace them.

What We're Doing

ANHD builds community power in order to create better laws and policies, protect tenants’ rights, and strengthen neighborhoods.

Our multi-dimensional campaigns seek to prevent displacement and harassment by addressing its root causes—in laws, lending practices, and administrative enforcement. For example, we are tackling speculative lending and predatory equity by using sophisticated building finance and market research to identify the most at-risk buildings, and working with our network of organizing groups to proactively support at-risk tenants. We are also advocating for stronger tenant protections.

Check out the associated projects below for more information on how we are fighting to end displacement. 

Recent Blogs and Media

Blog
September 13, 2021
CATHnyc’s Research Shows Oversight of Tenant Harassment is Insufficient

Related Resources

Many of New York’s most vibrant businesses, especially in low-income communities and communities of color, rent their space, and are thus vulnerable to displacement when rents are raised.
Not only are communities of color getting infected with and dying from COVID-19 at a much higher rate than their white counterparts, but they are simultaneously facing eviction from their homes.
ERAP's technical and accessibility issues were predictable and preventable and are unacceptable at a time when rent relief is a matter of life or death.
ANHD & USBnyc Celebrate Major Victory for Commercial Tenant Organizing
ANHD’s 2021 Housing Risk Chart Shows BIPOC Neighborhoods in NYC Continue to Experience the Worst COVID Impacts and Greatest Housing Risks
Communities of Color Bear the Brunt as Landlords Sue Tenants for Rent They Can’t Pay
Relief Has Been Insufficient to Cover Costs, Even for Households Who Qualify
Demands for an Integrated Housing Plan to End Homelessness and Promote Racial Equity

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