Right to a Roof

Leading community organizations from across New York City released a new report, “Right to a Roof: Demands for an Integrated Housing Plan to End Homelessness and Promote Racial Equity,” which concludes that the city’s next mayor must develop and implement an integrated housing plan to end homelessness and promote racial equity. The report outlines how the next administration can ensure the right to a roof for all by rejecting austerity, ending homelessness, promoting racial equity, and prioritizing housing opportunities for those who need them most.

As New York City begins to envision its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the movement for racial justice captures our national attention, the need for safe, healthy, and affordable housing for all New Yorkers has never been more dire. The report urges new leadership to stand with community members in acknowledging housing as a human right and implementing creative programs to help rebuild our broken housing system.

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The report’s core recommendations include the need for the next administration to:

  • Create an Integrated Housing Plan to End Homelessness and Promote Racial Equity
  • Prioritize Need Over Numbers
  • Improve Access to Affordable and Supportive Housing
  • End Real Estate Speculation by Supporting Community Ownership
  • Ensure All New Yorkers Have Safe and Healthy Housing
  • Support Planning that Centers Local Knowledge Within a True Citywide Framework

“Right to a Roof” follows a new report by the Community Service Society that identifies major weaknesses in the de Blasio Administration’s approach to housing over the past seven years.

This report is a joint effort between the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD); the Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN); Community Service Society (CSS); Community Voices Heard (CVH); MHANY Management, Inc., a mutual housing association; Make the Road New York (MRNY); New York Communities for Change (NYCC); RiseBoro Community Partnership; and VOCAL-NY.

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