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
June 15, 2022
Mayor Eric Adams' Housing Our Neighbors
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. That metric led to a focus on so-called affordable housing solutions that simply chased after numbers instead of prioritizing the needs of struggling New Yorkers. Instead, we should be focusing on the outcomes our communities need – outcomes like ending homelessness, preventing displacement, eliminating rent burdens, and ensuring safe, healthy housing for all. In order to accomplish those goals, we need to look holistically at the full housing landscape in NYC, and we applaud the Administration for incorporating the full spectrum of housing, from homelessness to NYCHA to tenant protections to homeownership in the Housing Our Neighbors blueprint.

Related Resources

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
ANHD Analysis Shows the COVID Rent Relief Package Will Miss Renters Who Need It Most
An Evaluation of the Certificate of No Harassment Pilot Program
ANHD fully supports Resolutions 1429 and 1430, partially support Resolution 1427, and support Introductions 1913 and 1919 with proposed modifications.

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