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
January 24, 2019
Policy makers should stop making supply and demand affordability arguments to justify their high-end market-rate development plans.
Blog
January 18, 2019
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we must also actively work to take on the persistent challenges of inequity around access to safe, decent, and affordable housing, and access to opportunity.

Related Resources

On June 26, 2015 after a long campaign by the tenant and affordable housing movement both he Rent Laws and the 421a Developer Tax Break were renewed in Albany. The results, on both fronts, were not...
A district-by-district analysis of what was lost, gained and remaining in affordable housing in areas rezoned for Vountary Inclusionary Housing under Mayor Bloomberg
An analysis of affordable housing production in 2015/16 based on Albany's 421a tax break decision
A comparative analysis of the Albany proposals for rent law reform & 421a developer's tax break legislation
An annual city-wide analysis of key threats to affordable housing broken down by neighborhood
ANHD today released the 2015 edition of our annual risk chart:  How is Affordable Housing Threatened in Your Neighborhood? Each year the chart takes a variety of indicators of threats to affordable...
An annual city-wide analysis of key threats to affordable housing broken down by neighborhood
A proposal laying out key demands and priorities for the City's Housing Plan

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