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

Blog
October 2, 2018
More Ways to See and Understand Displacement with New and Updated Data
News Clip
October 1, 2018

Related Resources

Testimony before the City Planning Commission with support and suggested improvements of the Zoning for Quality and Affordability text amendment
The City recently released its long awaited Mandatory Inclusionary Housing policy (MIH), a centerpiece of the de Blasio housing agenda. Unfortunately, the de Blasio Administration's current MIH...
An analysis of the City’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing proposal and the need to provide true affordability to meet the needs of NYC's residents.
A analysis of the City's Mandatory Inclusionary Housing "Market Study", including the gaps in the City's analysis.
A infographic breaking down the City's new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing proposal.
A report back from a forum of key stakeholders discussing the challenges and opportunities related to ensuring permanent affordability in subsidized housing.
An analysis of the feasibility of building permanently affordable housing, incliding newly proposed models.
ANHD is releasing a new white paper today, Permanent Affordability: Practical Solutions, which lays out detailed financial underwriting scenarios and program modifications that can create an improved...

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