Ending Displacement


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

November 25, 2023
This video series shares the stories of the merchant leaders of the Citywide Merchant Organizing Project. In addition to owning and operating storefront businesses, they organize to fight displacement pressures, build community wealth, and drive truly equitable economic development.

Related Resources

There has been an astounding decrease in vacancy for New York City’s lowest rent – and most affordable – apartments. At the same time, there has been a staggering jump in vacancy for the City’s highest-rent apartments.
Testimony Before the New York City Council Housing and Buildings Committee Regarding Oversight “Housing Our Neighbors” plan
We are thrilled that after years of ANHD-led advocacy, the Adams Administration has finally moved New York City away from the problematic affordable housing unit count goals of past housing plans....
ANHD's 2022 Risk Chart Shows that Eviction Filings and Other Housing Threats are Concentrated in the Bronx and Communities of Color
Thank you to Committee Chair Pierina Sanchez and members of the Housing and Buildings Committee for the opportunity to testify on the housing-related proposals in the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget.
A report showing that New York’s severe rent debt and eviction risk require immediate and long-term solutions.
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.