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.  

Related Resources

An in-depth, city-wide evaluation of the Mayor Bloomberg's New Housing Marketplace affordable housing program, evaluating the actual affordability benefit created compared to the local and city-wide need.
Research and recommendations on affordable housing policies for the next mayoral term
Evaluating the threat to affordable housing by "predatory equity" investors who base a business model on overleveraging and harassment.
Outlining the potential for NYC to use tax incentives to create permanently affordable housing.
An analysis of the total number of city-subsidized units developed between 1987 and 2007, tracking the units at-risk of losing their affordability
A report back from a forum of key stakeholders discussing the challenges and opportunities related to ensuring permanent affordability in subsidized housing.
Evaluating the threat to affordable housing by "predatory equity" investors who base a business model on overleveraging and harassment.
An analysis the abuse of the Individual Apartment Rent Increase loophole, and legislative solutions to address the undermining of affordable housing
Evaluating the threat of "expiring use" affordable housing, and recommendations for new policies that can create permanently affordable housing.

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