Fighting for Affordable Housing

About

New Yorkers are increasingly unable to afford to live in their own city. As rents and housing prices rise, our neighborhoods are becoming more segregated, homelessness continues to rise, and people are being pushed out of their communities. There is a significant lack of deep and permanently affordable housing opportunities developed for lower income new Yorkers, and particularly for the nearly 30% of households considered extremely low income. We are all in danger of losing the diverse city we love. 

Why This Matters

While the government acknowledges the affordable housing crisis, local policies and programs too often continue to serve the needs of private developers and the private market over the actual needs of New Yorkers, especially, our lowest income families. Additionally, as we have learned from the current expiring use crisis—we cannot afford to keep losing the affordable housing we develop and preserve; public investment in affordable housing should permanently serve the public interest.

What We're Doing

ANHD is fighting to create fair and affordable housing throughout New York City that prioritizes those most in need and least served by the private market.

We believe New York’s affordable housing policies and investments must be driven by the needs of our people, and not by the real estate industry or private developers. Our work attempts to shift housing resources and policies to focus on the lowest income New Yorkers. 

ANHD’s goal is for all affordable housing developed with public resources to be permanently affordable, avoiding the current time-limited affordability requirements that have left the city scrambling to preserve subsidized housing created in earlier eras with public dollars. We also want deep affordability, which ensures those at the lowest end of the income spectrum have housing opportunities in our city.

Check out the associated projects below for more information on how we are fighting for affordable housing.  

Recent Blogs and Media

Press Release
August 11, 2021
The NYC Inclusive Growth Initiative Blueprint outlines recommendations and priorities centered on economic development, workforce development, and affordable housing.

Related Resources

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.
October 2020 DAP Update
ANHD’s Analysis of Who Benefited from PPP and Who Didn’t
ANHD’s 2020 Risk Chart Shows Pervasive Racial Inequality in Housing Risk and COVID-19 Impact

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