Monday, April 24, 2017

Press

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2017

Curbed NY. 421-a’s revival, Affordable New York, incentivizes low-income housing. April 11, 2017

New York Times. Affordable Housing Program Gives City Tax Break to Developers. April 10, 2017

Crain’s New York Business. Businesses won big in Albany budget deal – for the most part. April 10, 2017

Gothamist. LES Landlord Accused of Tenant Harassment Arrested on Mortgage Fraud Charges. April 7, 2017

Progress Queens. Police reform advocate Robert Gangi launches mayoral bid, hoping to outflank de Blasio from the political left. April 5, 2017

City Limits. Community Developers Say City’s Housing Plan Leaves Them Behind. April 4, 20117

The Real Deal. Rob Speyer’s heavy lift. April 3, 2017

Next City. Wells Fargo Gets Downgrade in Community Reinvestment Exam. March 30, 2017

Next City. NYC Nonprofits Join Up to Increase Affordable Housing Heft. March 29, 2017

New York Daily News. Dump Trump’s unaffordable N.Y. real estate tax break, aka 421-aMarch 23, 2017

Next City. NYCHA Faces a $35 Million Cut in Federal Funding. March 8, 2017

ANHD. Press Release: Advocates Launch Industrial Jobs Coalition. March 7, 2017

The Architect’s Newspaper. A new report shows how sky-high housing costs fuel displacement in the tristate area. March 2, 2017

Gothamist. The Case for Licensing Landlords. February 23, 2017

DNAInfo. Pols Want New Eligible Income Formula for Affordable HousingFebruary 23, 2017

Gothamist. Proposal To Target Bad Landlords Faces Resistance From De Blasio Administration. February 22, 2017

DNAInfo. Gowanus Rezoning Must Maintain ‘Job-Intensive’ Industries, Advocates Say. February 21, 2017

City Limits. De Blasio Ups Number of Low-Income Units in Housing Plan. February 10, 2017

ABC News. NYC Bodegas, Delis Go on Strike in Protest of Immigration BanFebruary 2, 2017

The Real Deal. Forget 421a for now – there’s a bigger affordable housing program at risk. January 26, 2017

Politico. Proposed property tax break legislation expands eligibility citywide. January 23, 2017

Crain’s. City Hall shakeup empowers deputy mayor. January 17, 2017

Gothamist. Cuomo Introduces Rebranded 421-a Tax Credit Bill In Legislature. January 15, 2017

The New York Times. New York Secures the Most Affordable Housing Units in 27 Years. January 11, 2017

City Limits. Will Rezoning Cause or Resist Displacement? Data Paints an Incomplete PictureJanuary 10, 2017

2016

City Limits. De Blasio Admin. Says Housing Plan Serves the Most Burdened; Some Data Says Different. December 19, 2016

Times Ledger. New industrial center slated for Ozone Park. December 17, 2016

City Limits. Council OKs System to Track Promises Made During Rezoning Debates. December 16, 2016

Next City. 5 Housing Experts Weigh In on HUD Secretary Nominee Ben Carson. December 6, 2016

CityLimits. De Blasio Admin. Eyes New Zoning Tool to Pair Housing and Industry December 3, 2016

Brick Underground. Frightening new study shows that the majority of New Yorkers are just one paycheck away from losing their housingDecember 1, 2016

Jackson Heights Post. Nearly 60% of Jackson Heights residents lack emergency funds, according to report December 1, 2016

Queens Chronicle. Elmhurst, Corona fall behind in new report December 1, 2016

Sunnyside Post. Sunnyside/Woodside residents struggle to cover the rent, lack emergency funds, according to report November 30, 2016

QNS. Many Queens households are rent-burdened and don’t have adequate savings, study finds November 30, 2016

ProgressQueens. 58 per cent. of New Yorkers are one paycheck away from becoming homeless: Study November 30, 2016

MetroFocus. November 29: Are You 1 Paycheck Away? November 30, 2016

Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report. With many Brooklynites at risk of homelessness, Atlantic Yards can’t help much to “solve Brooklyn’s housing crisis” November 29,2016

Counter Current News. Study Reveals More Than Half of New Yorkers Only One Paycheck Away From Being Homeless. November 29, 2016

Habitat. New Yorkers on the Brink November 29, 2016

Harlem World Magazine. Nearly 60 Percent of Harlemites Live Paycheck to Paycheck: Study November 28, 2016

Metro 60 percent of New Yorkers could be on the brink of homelessness: Report November 28, 2016

JPUpdates. More Than Half of New Yorkers Are at the Risk of Homelessness November 28, 2016

New York City Patch. Nearly 60 Percent of New Yorkers Live Paycheck to Paycheck: Study November 27, 2016

silive.com. Study: 60 percent of New Yorkers could end up homeless. November 26, 2016

Gothamist. More Than Half of New Yorkers Are One Paycheck Away From Homelessness, Says Study November 26, 2016

DNAInfo. Most New Yorkers Are Roughly 1 Paycheck Away From Homelessness: Study November 25, 2016

YIMBY. HPD Endorses City Council Proposal To Crack Down On Landlords Ducking 421-A Rent Rules November 23, 2016

City Limits. How Far is Your NYC Neighborhood from Economic Opportunity? November 17, 2016

BuzzBuzzNews. New York’s controversial 421-a tax exemption program gets an extension November 11, 2016

Gothamist. Cuomo Reaches Deal for Proposed Renewal of Developer-Friendly 421-A Tax Scheme November 11, 2016

The Wall Street Journal. Deal Would Revive Property-Tax Break for New York City Builders November 10, 2016

City Limits. City’s Plans for Public Land in Housing Push Come Under Scrutiny November 10, 2016

New York Times. Cuomo Strikes Deal to Revive Affordable Housing Program November 10, 2016

Next City. Expired “Trump Tax Break” Program Threatens to Return November 7, 2016

City Limits. Do NYC’s Middle-Class Families Really Need Affordable Housing? November 1, 2016

Bronx Times. Public Advocate James names NYC’s 100 Worst Landlords October 27, 2016

Bloomberg Businessweek. Out With the Poor, In With the Rich: The Landlord’s Guide to Gentrifying NYC October 12, 2016

Politico. Housing group questions impact of loss of 421-a on rentals October 10, 2016

The Real Deal. Developers are still planning rentals after 421a, just not as many: housing group October 10, 2016

New York Business Journal. What you need to know about Manhattan’s housing market heading into 4Q October 10, 2016

Brick Underground. Map: How at-risk is your neighborhood for gentrification? September 26, 2016

Gothamist. Interactive Map Tries to Pinpoint Steep Rent Hikes Before They Happen September 23, 2016

6sqft. Interactive map reveals NYC areas with the highest risk of affordable housing loss September 23, 2016

DNAInfo. MAP: Where Affordable Housing Is Most Threatened in NYC September 22, 2016

One More Folded Sunset. New NYC Displacement Alert Map September 22, 2016

The Real Deal. Is rent on the rise? There’s an interactive map for that September 22, 2016

Curbed New York. New map shows where tenants are at risk of being pushed out in NYC September 22, 2016

New York Times. New Tool Shows New York Neighborhoods at Risk of Rent Hikes ANHD released a building-by-building interactive map that “can steer officials and tenant organizers to neighborhoods of New York City where affordable apartments may be threatened.” September 21, 2016

City & State. In a New Age of Rebuilding, Bronx Housing Nonprofits are Still Facing Many Challenges ANHD’s Stephanie Sosa, ‘said that nonprofit builders have increased their sophistication when navigating the financing tools offered by the city, state and, in some cases, the federal government. “I think that CDCs have been doing a really good job in maturing and developing teams that are able to work with the market now and be creative and use whatever resources that are available to them.”‘ September 20, 2016

Next City. Affordable Housing Offer Not Good Enough for NYC Neighborhood ANHD’s Emily Goldstein, on an Inwood rezoning development project, says, “Until there are better and stronger and more robust protections in place for existing residents of affordable and particularly rent-stabilized housing, people are going to continue to be very wary of the impact that much new market-rate housing.” August 19, 2016

Inside City Hall. Housing New York ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin discusses the City Council vote against a proposed development in Inwood and its implications for Mayor de Blasio’s housing plans. August 17, 2016

WNYC. Small Businesses Welcome Tools to Fight Landlord Harassment ANHD’s Barika Williams comments on new law that creates a private right of action for commercial tenant harassment. “It gives small businesses a whole new lever to say we can fight our landlord and our business has a place here.” August 9, 2016

Next City. Small Businesses Score Points in Bank Regulation Change ANHD’s Jaime Weisberg says, “Today, if a CDFI makes small business loans it automatically counts, whereas yesterday it didn’t.” August 9, 2016

CityLab. The Storefronts That Survive ANHD’s Lena Afridi says “Small businesses make up a neighborhood. So it’s not just small business displacement; it’s really cultural displacement.” August 9, 2016

Wall Street Journal. Affordable Housing Surges in New York City ANHD’s Barika Williams, Deputy Director says “The numbers in the plan and the numbers the administration is hitting are not lining up with the need”. July 26, 2016

AM New YorkMayor Bill de Blasio announces affordable housing progress, met with mixed reviews ANHD’s Barika Williams, Deputy Director says “We are pleased to see that the administration has increased the pace of production of housing for low- and extremely-low-income New Yorkers, but the need and demand for that kind of housing has only increased. And it won’t be met by the administration’s housing plan.” July 26, 2016

NY Times.  De Blasio Administration Says It Is Ahead of Schedule on Affordable Housing  ANHD’s Barika Williams, Deputy Director says “We are pleased to see that the administration has increased the pace of production of housing for low- and extremely-low-income New Yorkers, but the need and demand for that kind of housing has only increased. And it won’t be met by the administration’s housing plan.” July 26, 2016

Water Online. Ratepayer Assistance On Chopping Block In New York ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin says,“It is a setback,” continuing to say “That was a valuable model program that was going to help to add to overall affordability. It was going to be a modest, but a meaningfully good thing to do.” July 19, 2016

Crain’s New York. De Blasio promises 4,000 jobs and twice as much space in Brooklyn industrial area ANHD’s Armando Chapelliquen, said his organization wanted to know how the administration would implement the plan and whether it would heed the community’s input. July 14, 2016

The Wall Street Journal. Water-Rate Programs for Seniors and Poor Become Casualties in Legal Battle ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin said “That was a valuable model program that was going to help to add to overall affordability,” he continues stating “It was going to be a modest, but a meaningfully good thing to do.” July 12, 2016

Western Queens Gazette. New Help For ‘Mom & Pop’ Businesses ANHD Policy Coordinator Lena Afridi said. “It’s the first time tenants who’ve experienced harassment will be allowed to litigate against their landlords.” July 7, 2016

Next City. Formerly Redlined Brooklyn Community Now Regulates Banks ANHD’s says Jaime Weisberg, senior campaign analyst “We still need more affordable housing, and deeper affordability, but we have a really robust ecosystem for financing it “We don’t have that around equitable economic development.” July 5, 2016

The Real Deal. Rentopoly:  Who Owns New York?   ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin says, “We are consistently seeing buildings being sold for more than the current rent roll suggests they should sell for, which suggests that the plan is harassment.”  July 1, 2016

Commercial Observer.  The Construction Union War on Affordable Housing. Unions, developers and non-profits continue to have their differences when it comes to affordable housing.  July 1, 2016

Real Estate Weekly. Landlords threaten court action after two-in-a-row rent freeze ANHD tweeted out and called the freeze and “important victory for NYC tenant movement.” June 28, 2016

DNA Info. New Law Would Help Keep Mom-and-Pop Businesses in Neighborhoods Lena Afridi, policy coordinator from ANHD said “It’s the first time tenants, who’ve experienced harassment, will be allowed to litigate against their landlords.” June 27, 2016

NY Curbed. New Bill Moves to Protect Mom-and-Pop Shops in NYC from Predatory Landlords Lena Afridi, policy coordinator from ANHD said “It’s the first time tenants, who’ve experienced harassment, will be allowed to litigate against their landlords.”June 27, 2016

Next City. How East Harlem Wrote Its Own Development Plan Emily Goldstein, senior campaign organizer at ANHD says “The way the process is laid out, and the role that Department of City Planning tends to play, really limits local communities’ ability to be decision-makers in what’s going to happen in their neighborhood,”. June 20, 2016

The Real Deal. TRD talks tenant evictions on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” Emily Goldstein of ANHD, spoke about some of the pressures that rent-stabilized New Yorkers currently face. June 20, 2016

WNYC Radio – Brian Lehrer Show. Driving Out Rent Regulated Tenants ANHD’s Emily Goldstein illustrates new tactics landlords are learning – and being taught – to drive out tenants. June 20, 2016

The Real Deal. These East Village landlords are working their buildings the hardest Buildings Department data shows that Croman Real Estate, Scharfman Organization, Kushner Cos., Rafael Toledano, and JRC Management have the highest number of alteration filings for Lower East Side multi-family buildings. ANHD’s Emily Goldstein believes any correlation between a high rate of renovations and harassment allegations may be more than coincidence. June 10, 2016

City Limits. City Plans Database to Track Promises Made During Rezonings As the City proposes to establish an online public data base that tracks its commitments to rezoning neighborhoods, ANHD’s Jonathan Furlong urged Council to build on this legislation to ensure accountability and enforcement. June 8, 2016

Daily Real Estate News. The Bronx, Brooklyn Riskiest Boroughs for Affordable Housing ANHD released an affordable housing risk chart for New York City that ranked the Bronx and Brooklyn holding the most neighborhoods with a heavy number of risk factors. June 7, 2016

City Limits. Which Neighborhoods Will de Blasio’s Rezonings Target Next? As the City plans to upzone 15 neighborhoods to build and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing, ANHD’s Emily Goldstein states, “.. we’re all really watching and waiting to see … how mandatory inclusionary housing will…fit in well with future neighborhood rezonings.” May 31, 2016

NY Curbed. New Study Shows Which NYC Neighborhoods Have Become Unaffordable for Locals According to ANHD’s study, the Bronx ranked the highest area in the City that is becoming unaffordable for locals. May 27, 2016

DNA Info. The Top 5 Neighborhoods That Are Becoming Unaffordable to Locals According to ANHD’s study, The South Bronx has ranked the highest unaffordable area for residents. May 27, 2016

City Limits. Which NYC Neighborhood Faces the Harshest Housing Market? ANHD collected data from the different housings that were at risk resulting with the Bronx with the highest. May 26, 2016

NYC Informer. Which NYC Neighborhood Faces the Harshest Housing Market? ANHD counted how many different housing risks each district faced, making the Bronx the top six districts for housing risks. May 26, 2016

DNA Info. Local Politicians Denounce Airbnb Sponsorship of Brooklyn Half Marathon On the eve of the Brooklyn Half Marathon, a coalition of local politicians and community groups, including ANHD, called on New York Road Runners to end its partnership with Airbnb, the main sponsor of the Saturday event, claiming the company exacerbates the city’s housing crisis. May 20, 2016

NBC. Citi Foundations Community Progress Makers Fund Awards $20 Million in Grants to Accelerate Economic Opportunity in Six U.S. Cities ANHD is one of 40 non-profits nationwide to receive a $500,000 Community Progress Maker grant from Citi Foundation. May 18, 2016

Gothamist. Is De Blasio Keeping His Affordable Housing Promises? While ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin praises the de Blasio administration for “building like gangbusters” and making more of a commitment to low-income housing than previous administrations, he says it’s “a little light on the low-income”. May 16, 2016

Gotham Gazette. Wright Runs for Congress as Tenants Champion, to Mixed Reviews With Central Harlem’s NYS Assembly member Keith Wright running for Congress as a tenants’ advocate, ANHD’s Barika Williams noted that Wright brought together disparate groups to discuss the creation of “a tool” to spur the creation of deeply affordable housing. May 16, 2016

Gothamist. City Shoots Down Williamsburg Waterfront Rezoning With One Flashy Exception ANHD said the City Planning Commission’s special zoning in Williamsburg means 25 Kent will likely move forward with only 17% industrial space, and “falls short of creating the space or opportunities necessary for industrial and manufacturing businesses to grow and create the middle class jobs that New Yorkers need. May 11, 2016

Gotham Gazette. Homeowners Stand To Gain In Areas To Be Rezoned If They Can Keep Their Homes ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin explains that in areas pending City rezoning, developers will be allowed to build higher, creating additional market-rate apartments along with mandated affordable units. April 29, 2016

City Limits. Has Developers’ Wish-List Shaped Queens Rezoning Plan? ANHD’s Emily Goldstein notes that the Flushing community has been given little time by City Planning to negotiate its preferences for affordable housing, small business development, resident access to the waterfront, and anti-displacement protections. April 28, 2016

City Limits. Advocates Wary of Lawsuit Over City’s Affordable Housing Preferences. ANHD board member and executive director of Mutual Housing Assn. of NY, Ismene Speliotis, stated at ANHD’s April 11 Conference that the City lacks resources to house residents who are displaced from their traditional communities and asked, “Where are those people supposed to go?” April 27, 2016

City Limits. Can NYC’s Landlords Afford Another Rent Freeze? ANHD’s Barika Williams says non-profit developers control costs by taking advantage of city programs that keep bills lower. But some for-profit landlords resist cutting costs because it runs counter to their end goal of raising rents. April 22, 2016

City Limits. Other Nabes and de Blasio Team Draw Lessons from East New York Rezoning Struggle. ANHD’s Emily Goldstein says there’s a warning here for all future rezoning neighborhoods: Community advocates must seek to understand what the administration can truly guarantee, and what is beyond its ability to control. In addition, by focusing on the block-by-block specifics of the rezoning plan, advocates can ensure solid commitments. April 19, 2016

RTT News. Yen Rises Amid Rising Risk Aversion. Cites speech on community development at ANHD’s April 11 conference by Federal Reserve Bank of New York President, William C. Dudley. April 11, 2016

The Guardian. Why are ‘innovative’ tech companies still struggling with diversity? The Guardian cites ANHD’s analysis, based on data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, that people of color in the tech industry earn as little as half the average salary of their white counterparts. April 10, 2016

Gotham Gazette. With Clock Ticking, East New York Negotiations to Heat Up. ANHD’s Jonathan Furlong says the City’s zoning plan in East New York has vast and far reaching implications for the Bronx, East Harlem, Flushing, Upper Manhattan.” April 4, 2016

Gotham Gazette. Wary of Gentrification, East Harlem Braces for Rapid Change. East Harlem’s median gross rent increased by 53 percent between 2000 and 2013, according to the American Community Survey (ACS). But according to data from ANHD, 306 families entering shelters in 2014 listed East Harlem as their last address – the highest rate of entry to family shelters from any neighborhood in Manhattan. April 1, 2016

Gotham Gazette. Key Piece of City’s New Housing Deal Will Protect Tenants from Harassment. A bill creating a new Citywide Certificate of No Harassment program could be part of the city’s new housing deal. The legislation, which will be finalized by a new task force before being adopted, will require landlords to get a certificate confirming that they have not harassed their tenants before demolishing or altering a building. March 31, 2016

Gotham Gazette. Questioning Importance, Council Members Spend Limited Time at Hearings. While Gotham Gazette finds that few Council members participate in Council hearings, ANHD’s Emily Goldstein states that moderate- and low-income tenants who attend often have to take off work and find childcare and go to great lengths.” Goldstein testified at the Feb. 22 hearing held by the Committee on Housing and Buildings. March 28, 2016

City Limits. Video: Rezoning Brooklyn and Beyond as De Blasio Housing Plan Rolls On. BkLive, the daily noon news program by BRIC-TV, brought ANHD’s Barika Williams together with Pratt Center for Community Development Senior Planner Paula Crespo, NY Communities for Change Communications and Social Media Coordinator Renata Pumarol, and Brother Paul Muhammad, of East New York’s Coalition for Community Advancement together on Wednesday to discuss Brooklyn’s rezoning plans.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Proposed zoning change related to Williamsburg’s 25 Kent Ave. office project is criticized at Borough Hall hearing. A City Planning Department proposal to tweak the zoning in a 14-block industrial section of Williamsburg came under criticism Monday night at a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) hearing. ANHD’s Armando Chapelliquen agreed with Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna that the zoning text amendment would set a bad precedent for other industrial areas, with no means of ensuring that the rents will be affordable, among other issues. March 22, 2016

Real Estate Weekly. Council approves housing plan amid angry protests. ANHD issued a statement supporting the final version of the bill: “The final program announced by the City Council moved MIH in the right direction by setting the lowest income option at 40 percent of AMI, which is affordable for families making $31,000. With this change, MIH now serves an additional 15 percent of New York City’s households — close to half a million families — that would have been left out when the proposal first entered the ULURP process months ago.” March 22, 2016

Bedford + Bowery. Nine Things to Know about the Brooklyn Generator’s 14-Block Rezoning Plan. ANHD’s Armando Chapelliquen warned that Brooklyn’s 14-block rezoning proposal’s lack of new enforcement mechanisms to ensure proper use presents a significant problem. March 22, 2016

Next City. Putting Teeth Back Into the Community Reinvestment Act. When New York Community Bank applied to merge with Astoria Bank, it willingly put together an excellent Community Reinvestment Plan. ANHD’s Jaime Weisberg told reporter Oscar Perry Abello that ANHD was “impressed that the bank came to the table willingly.” March 18, 2016

New York Times. End of Tax Break Program May Blunt Impact of New York Zoning Change. Prior to the recent expiration of the 421-a tax break, ANHD had pressed the city to alter the zoning to spur the creation of more units affordable to people at very low income levels as ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin discusses with NY Times reporter William Neuman. March 16, 2016

Gothamist. City Council Makes De Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan More Affordable. While Mayor de Blasio called the Council’s approval a “watershed moment,” ANHD offered more tempered praise. March 15, 2016

WYNC News. City Council and Mayor Reach Deal on Key Housing Plan Components. “Because of the efforts of Council members and housing groups we will now be able to an extra half a million low-income New Yorkers previously not covered by the plans,” said Barika Williams, with the ANHD. She said advocates will continue to push for even more affordable housing for lower-income New Yorkers. March 15, 2016

DNAinfo. De Blasio’s Rezoning Plan Backed by City Council After Changes Are Made. ANHD calls the 40% AMI option “significantly more affordable than any other policy in the country.” March 14, 2016

Crain’s New York. Study behind signature de Blasio affordable-housing proposal comes under fire. ANHD points out that 43% of New York City households don’t earn enough to afford the rental average proposed by the administration. The city’s own Market and Financial Study … seemed to disregard how [Mandator Inclusionary Zoning] might serve deeper affordability needs that make up the epicenter of our housing crisis,” said ANHD’s Barika Williams. March 11, 2016

City Limits. Some Suspect East New York Rezoning has Triggered Speculation. ANHD / Morgan Stanley Community Fellow, Rose Martinez, who is working with Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation has found that the average sales price per square foot of land in East New York increased at faster rates within a rezoning area. March 10, 2016

Gothamist. Why Are Hundreds of Affordable NYC Apartments Vacant? ANHD’s report Permanent Affordability: Practical Solutions is cited that only 3,000 of the 20,000 affordable units Maor de Blasio built or preserved in 2015 are permanently affordable. March 9, 2016

DNAinfo. Critics Cancel Protest Against De Blasio’s Rezoning Bid, Citing ‘Progress.’ ANHD’s new report found that 30 percent of New Yorkers would be left out if the affordability levels of the mayor’s plan exceed 30 percent AMI, include NYCHA residents, minimum wage workers, single mother led households and single senior citizens. March 9, 2016

New York Daily News. EXCLUSIVE: Majorities of black and Latino families make too little to qualify for de Blasio’s affordable housing plan, analysis finds. Under de Blasio’s proposal, known as mandatory inclusionary housing, developers would be required to set aside 25-30% of apartments for people making an average of 60% to 120% of the median income, or $46,600 to $93,000 for a family of three. Those apartments would rent for $1,150 to $2,350 a month. But ANHD notes that 57% of black households and 62% of Latinos make less than the 60% threshold, the group found — compared to 37% of whites. For Asians, 46% make too little. March 3, 2016

Daily Business News. Demographics of New York not Reflected in Home Purchase Loans. ANHD’s new white paper, Who is Lending, Who Gets Loans? finds that low- to moderate-income and minority residents have a hard time finding credit to purchase a home – only 8.7% of home purchase loans went to Afro-Americans and just 8.4% went to Latinos in 2014. February 24, 2016

The Real Deal. The week in real estate market reports. Real Deal reports on ANHD’s new white paper, Who is Lending, Who is Getting Loans? Lending from the four major banks — Chase, Citibank, Bank of America and Wells Fargo — is steadily declining. The banks combined to provide 45 percent of loans to New York City homeowners, compared to 50 percent in 2011. February 24, 2016

National Mortgage News. Low-Income, Minorities Struggle to Find Affordable Housing: Report. ANHD’s new white paper, Who is Lending, Who is Getting Loans? reports that only 7.2% of all home-purchase loans in 2014 in New York were made by low- to moderate-income groups. Paper is by Jaime Weisberg, ANHD’s Senior Campaign Analyst. February 23, 2016

The Real Deal. Arrested Development: Residential construction permits dropped 94% in January. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin stated, “There’s no question the loss of 421a will have an impact on development markets,” But added that the impact 421a has had on “juicing” land prices in certain neighborhoods, must be acknowledged too. “Over the long term, it’s likely that land prices in some neighborhoods will fall in a way that makes rental housing possible without 421a.” February 19, 2016

City Limits. Jay Small, Organizer and Agitator: 1945-2016. A major loss for our city, Jay Small passed away February 13. He was ANHD’s executive director in the 1990s, worked with People’s Firehouse in Williamsburg, and later served as executive director of Flatbush East Development Corporation. February 15, 2016.

Gothamist. What Does “Affordable Housing” Really Mean In De Blasio’s New York? We’re About To Find Out.. Association for Neighborhood Housing Development wants 15% reserved for people making less than $23,000, and a “deep affordability” option in which 30% of apartments would go to people with those incomes. February 10,2016

Gotham Gazette. At Hearings, City Council to Examine Mayor’s Zoning Proposals. ANHD’s recent update, MIH Moves to City Council states, “Local community groups will be looking to the Council to revise MIH and make it a tool that can actually help meet the needs of all New Yorkers – particularly the lowest-income members of our communities, who are most in need of affordable housing.” February 9, 2016

The Real Deal. Do families making $173K a year need affordable housing? The tax-subsidized building at 250 Ashland Lace in downtown Brooklyn with 2- and 3-bedroom units for families of four making $172,600/year – 3 times the US median family income – “is not providing any meaningful affordability,” ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin stated. “There are a lot of benefits this developer got in return for not enough affordability.” Just 6% of Brooklyn renters earn this income level. February 9, 2016

City Limits. Plan to Rezone Flushing West Flies Under the Radar. Fifty-five percent of households in Flushing and Whitestone are considered rent-burdened, according to the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development. February 9, 2016

Crain’s New York. Deputy mayor floats compromise on affordable-housing plan. ANHD wants a mandate that 15% of units be set aside at 30% of area median income, elimination of developers’ option to meet affordability requirements with units at 120% of AMI, and that 10% more units be required to off-site affordable buildings that are erected to satisfy the public interest provisions of the policy. February 8, 2016

Crain’s New York. Property-tax cap could hurt city’s affordable housing, builders say. ANHD’s Barika Williams states that capping property taxes only reduce costs for luxury housing, and not for affordable housing. January 29, 2016

Nasdaq. New York City Developers Rushed to Get Permits Before Tax Break Expired. ANHD’s Barika Williams says that over the years developers had repeatedly rushed to be part of the old 421-a rules before they expired. But then the industry adapts to the new reality and moves on. January 28, 2016

Commercial Observer. Lapsed 421a Break Leaves City’s Real Estate Community Scrambling to Get the Program Back. Housing advocates at the local nonprofit Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) estimated in a report last January that only 12,700 of the 153,000 units helped by 421a in fiscal 2013—about 8 percent—were affordable. January 20, 2016

Gotham Gazette. De Blasio Calls for Albany to ‘Make Right’ on Program at Center of Rift with Governor. Both City Council Member Jumaane Williams, who chairs the Council’s housing committee, and ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin, said that the expiration of 421-a allows policy-makers to step back and take a fresh look at an affordable housing subsidy program. January 18, 2016

NY1. Controversial 421-A Affordable Housing Tax Credit Expires. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin states, “If the 421- A disappears long-term, it will have a major impact and a major slowdown on real estate markets. Both those that wanted it to work and those that wanted to see something else happen, are going to see a major shift.” January 16, 2016

NY1. NY1 Online: Panel of Experts Weighs In on Rezoning, Affordable Housing in Brooklyn. Errol Louis talked about the heated debate on rezoning and affordable housing in Brooklyn and around the entire city with a special panel of experts: Adam Weinstein, president and CEO of Phipps Houses; Benjamin Dulchin and Maritza Silva-Farrell from Real Affordability for All.

Gotham Gazette. Proposed Zoning Changes Raise Questions About Small Businesses. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin states, “as a neighborhood gentrifies, as rents go up, you see displacement pressure not just on the current residents, you also see lots of stores finding it very hard to hang on…I don‘t think the city has figured out what an effective tool for addressing that would be.” January 5, 2016

 


2015

 

DNA Info. MAP: Here Are the Banks That Accept NYC ID. ANHD’s Jaime Weisberg discusses that people with just an NYC ID still can’t open an account. ANHD is urging federal regulators recognize the validity of municipal Ids.December 22, 2015

Curbed NY – Rentals at Luxe Tribeca Building Will Range From 800k to 50k. – ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin, states, “The 421-a program is an extremely inefficient use of taxpayer resources, and this building is another depressing example of that.” December 18, 2015

Crain’s New York Business. De Blasio’s Housing Plans Received Mixed Emotions at Planning Department Hearing. At a public hearing hosted by the Department of City Planning, ANHD supported the Zoning for Equality and Affordability measure but opposed Mandatory Inclusionary Housing on the ground that the incomes it targeted were not low enough. December 16, 2015

Wall Street Journal. In Tribeca Project, the Power of Tax Breaks. The city’s Independent Budget Office projected that the NYC will lose $16.7 million in tax revenue from the 456 Washington Street building over 20 years, or an average of $837,000 a year, in exchange for just 22 affordable apartments. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin calls it “an extremely inefficient use of taxpayer resources.” December 15, 2015

The Real Deal.com. Affordable developer banking on huge rent hikes in Harlem. The natural turnover rate for affordable, rent-stabilized apartments in New York City is very low,” said Benjamin Dulchin, the Executive Director for ANHD. December 2, 2015

New York Times – Room for Debate. Prevent Families From Being Driven Out of Their Homes. ANHD Deputy Director Barika Williams notes that much of the affordable housing being built is still priced too high for more than 40 percent of the city’s population. December 1, 2015

BedFord and Bowery.com. East Village Tenants Say ‘Enough Is Enough’ to Alleged Predatory Landlord. Unfortunately, ANHD and low-income, gentrifying neighborhoods are seeing predatory equity make a comeback. November 25, 2015

Jewish Press Updates. NY PA Letitia James releases 2015 ” Worst Landlords” list. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin, said. “We will continue to work with her to ensure that all New Yorkers have the ability to live in decent, affordable housing and neighborhoods.” November 23,2015

ValueWalk . A Sheldon Silver Mystery: Did He Betray New York Renters? When New York enacted a major rent regulation law in 2011, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver celebrated the passage of the legislation as a victory over real estate interests, But who really won? November 21,2015

The Real Deal.com. Tenant advocates wonder: Did Silver shortchange renters? “It’s hugely important,” Benjamin Dulchin of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development told ProPublica. “I hope Preet Bharara tells us someday.” November 21,2015

U.S. News. Rezoning plan will cause more displacement in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan promises to address the affordable housing crisis by building 80,000 units and preserving 120,000 units of “affordable housing” over the next 10 years. November 19,2015

Crain’s New York. Mayor’s affordable-housing proposal lets some developers off easy. ANHD found that the city’s own data show that in higher-income areas, developers could actually make 50% of their projects affordable, yet they won’t be required to do so. November 16.2015

Next City. New Tool Maps NYC Economy by Neighborhood. ANHD’s new interactive online chart (link is https://www.anhd.org/?page_id=7335) lays out 19 economic factors by NYC community district to assist in planning citywide economic development programs. November 11, 2015

City Limits. The Math Behind Bill de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Zoning Plan. ANHD’s Moses Gates states the plan needs to assist New Yorkers under 50% of AMI who have the greatest need – “85 percent of New Yorkers making under 50 percent of AMI are rent-burdened, and in need of affordable housing.” November 4, 2015

11/3/15: Citywide Coalition Applauds Renewed Industrial Focus: The Industrial Policy announced today by the de Blasio Administration represents a crucial step towards preserving and expanding the City’s key source of good jobs – the industrial sector. November 3,2015

Crain’s New York. Mayor unveils industrial policy to freeze out hotels, self-storage: ANHD, which has asked the City to protect industrial businesses, described the changes as “the right step in reforming decades-old land use policy to include provisions that reflect the realities of the 21st century.” November 3,2015

Crain’s New York. Bloomberg official takes exception to subsidy critique: Although ANHD’s recently published report clearly states that EDC’s 2014 Fiscal Report was the source of its data, prior EDC leaders dispute the numbers. November 3,2015

TheGuardian. The saving of Stuy Town: has corporate greed in New York been dealt a blow?: ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin says, “It’s good that the city … got some affordability saved. But the long-term story of Stuy Town is a tragic one. October 29,2015

City Limits. Engines of Opportunity: ANHD’s Emily Goldstein says Sunset Park’s Industry City needs to follow a City Council report that calls for more special manufacturing districts and special permits for converting industrial buildings for such uses as hotels or athletic facilities. October 28,2015

DNAinfo. MAP: What Are Your Chances of Winning an Affordable Housing Lottery?: Between May 2014 and August 2015, the top five Housing lotteries had between 87,000 to 104,000 applicants each. October 27,2015

MarketWatch.Morgan Stanley Private Bank, National Association Receives an Outstanding on its First-Ever Rating from Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for Community Reinvestment Initiatives: Morgan Stanley developed and collaborated with the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) to place graduate students in year-round paid fellowships at community development organizations to serve neighborhoods while developing new leaders. October 26,2015

DNAinfo. Pols Tout 20 Years of Affordability in Stuy Town Plan, But Is it Enough?: ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin agrees 20-year affordability is too short, but because the Stuy Town sale was a private deal, the City probably had little say in extending it. October 23,2015

New York Times In Chelsea, a Great Wealth Divide: So many stores- but who has the money to shop there. October 23,2015

Crain’s New York Report finds city subsidies have historically gone to wealthier areas. ANHD presents new research. CLICK HERE for what does your neighborhood economy look like October 22,2015

Next City. U.S. Banks Are Getting a Clearer Path to Helping Communities. On November 20, 2015, the Federal Reserve holds its first meeting with its new Community Advisory Council, with ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin and other community leaders nationwide providing input on finding a way to equity. October 19, 2015

Curbed New York. Too few of NYC’s new units will be permanently affordable. Just 3,000 of the 20,000 affordable units built in 2015 are permanently affordable. October 15, 2015

DNAinfo. Only 3,000 of DeBlasio’s 20,000 affordable housing units are permanent. ANHD estimates that there are more than 234,000 affordable housing units at risk of expiring in NYC between 2017 and 2037. October 14, 2015

Crain’s New York. Residents beat eviction, but worry about the consequences. ANHD notes a dangerous trend in which affordable housing is sold drastically above value, with its residents facing a choice between evictions and illegally increased rents – or no repairs and services. October 6, 2015

The Real Deal. Tenants Who Beat Massive Rent Spikes Now Fear Owner Neglect. Real Deal cites ANHD’s concern over potential harassment. October 5, 2015

City Limits. Bushwick Developer Sells Out, Takes Housing Promises With Him. After promising 200 units of affordable housing in return for major tax breaks on an otherwise market-rate building, the developer sold the property to someone who makes no commitment to affordable housing. ANHD’s Moses Gates points out that in addition, the new 421a tax law makes it very easy to charge $2000+ for rents while the developers reap both immense tax breaks and profits. September 30, 2015

Gothamist. Second Part Of Bushwick’s Rheingold Brewery Property Sold Off To Developer. After promising 200 units of affordable housing in return for major tax breaks on an otherwise market-rate building, the developer sold the property to someone who makes no commitment to affordable housing. ANHD’s Moses Gates points out that in addition, the new 421a tax law makes it very easy to charge $2000+ for rents while the developers reap both immense tax breaks and profits. September 30, 2015

The Architects Newsletter. Affordable South Bronx: Capping an era of urban renewal in the South Bronx. If the La Central deal goes through, the Hudson Companies will be able to buy the land for a dollar per tax lot and potentially benefit from subsidies that could include tax abatement programs that can last for up to 40 years. ANHD reminds readers this means tax payers are picking up the tab while developers enjoy profits. August 31, 2015

New York Times. Nearly 200 Buildings in New York City Flouted Tax Rules, Officials Say. Developers of 200 small buildings in NYC failed to place 2,472 apartments on rent stabilization rolls, which was required in exchange for their tax breaks. August 25, 2015

WNYC – Brian Lehrer Show. Should Poor Neighborhoods Stay Poor to Preserve Affordable Housing? ANHD’s Barika X. Williams makes the point that when the City build “affordable” housing that’s not truly affordable for local residents, it displaces those residents. August 20, 2015

The Awl. Welcome to Post Colonial Bushwick. ANHD research shows that 1209 Dekalb Avenue luxury rentals received a 15-year 421a tax abatement that will result in $8.2 million in tax exemptions while the developers pay less than $2 million. August 20, 2015

Capital New York. De Blasio: Housing critics want poor neighborhoods ‘to remain poor’. ANHD’s Moses Gates states that if the City’s mandatory inclusionary zoning policy does not include a really significant low-income component, and doesn’t build that in rich areas for people to move into, it’s going to lead to more displacement, greater concentration of poverty, because the low-income displaced families are just going to move into even more low-income areas. August 19, 2015

The Real Deal. Mayor no longer claims zoning change would yield 50K affordable units. ANHD estimates that Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning would create 13,800 affordable units over 8 years. August 14, 2015

Capital New York. Mayor Backs Off Estimate for Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning. ANHD’s estimate of how many units MIZ would create over eight years is 13,800. August 13, 2015

RealEstateRama. Community Groups Call on New York City to Fight for Responsible Banking Act: Although the NYC government gives banks billions of dollars in business, a judge has ruled New Yorkers have no right to informatino on how well banks are serving local communities. August 11,2015

Crain’s New York Business. Judge strikes down de Blasio effort to regulate banks. Court strikes down NYC communities’ right to have a say in bank reinvestments and services for their neighborhoods. August 10, 2015

American Banker. Ruling Expected Soon in Challenge to NYC Banking Law. New York City’s Responsible Banking Act passed by City Council in May 2012 has been postponed by lawsuits from the banking community. ANHD’s Jaime Weisberg talk about why ANHD supports the law: “I do not believe this is regulation at all. It’s really a transparency law.” August 7, 2015

Gotham Gazette. Another Way of Looking at Infill Housing Development. ANHD’s Moses Gates praises the new NYCHA Next Generation plan to build additional housing on NYCHA property, saying, “The de Blasio approach is a balanced approach, where we are trying to build low-income housing but we are also trying to improve NYCHA’s financing situation.” August 6, 2015

Capital New York. No consensus on de Blasio’s latest affordable housing planANHD’s Moses Gates says the Mayor’s new plan is strong but that ANHD is “concerned about the A.M.I. levels of affordability. We don’t think they are deep enough; we don’t think they reach the folks that we need to reach.” August 5, 2015

DNAinfo. Broken Elevators in 20-Story Tower Make Tenants Wait 45 Minutes, They Say . ANHD’s Benjamin says tenants “have a legal right to working elevators.” August 5, 2015

ThinkProgress. New Affordable Housing Rule Would Make Developers In New York Give Back To Communities They Build In. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin applauds the Mayor’s new Mandatory Inclusionary Policy but worries that the proposal sets the definition of “affordable” too high to help those most in need. August 4, 2015

Wall Street Journal. De Blasio Unveils Affordable Housing Plan. ANHD points out that the plan allows developers to meet the requirements by providing apartments to affluent tenants with incomes up to about $103,000. July 31, 2015

Crain’s New York. Next phase of de Blasio’s affordable-housing plan is out—and for one advocate, the devil’s in the details. The Mayor’s Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning plan released today misses on one vital point – isn’t affordable housing supposed to be for the poor? July 31, 2015

Press Examiner. NYC finances 20,000 affordable housing apartments in a year. ANHD finds that the de Blasio administration is off to a strong start in creating affordable housing and advocates that the City focus on providing units for low and very low-income New Yorkers. July 19, 2015

Rapid News Network. New York to Offer Public Housing Residents Free Internet Broadband Access. Buildings at five of the poorest New York City Housing Authority complexes will be wired for high-speed connection this fall. July 16, 2015

Gothamist. Interactive Map Shows NYC’s Disappearing Rent-Stabilized Apartments. A team of “civic hackers” with John Krauss have put together a map showing where more than 50,000 apartments have been deregulated in the last eight years, building by building. ANHD’s Jonathan Furlong notes that the issue of “preferential rents” is also pricing out traditional residents. July 15, 2015

City Limits. Bed Stuy is Focus of Concerns Over Fate of Community Gardens . As the City takes back community garden land in order to build housing, ANHD’s Moses Gates states that the needs of local communities need to be factored in so that the right kind of housing is created for the neighborhood. July 15, 2015

City Limits. DeBlasio Notes Housing Milestone, Gets Pushback and Praise. ANHD states that the DeBlasio Housing Plan is off to a strong start, and must focus on affordable housing for very low-income New Yorkers. July 13, 2015

City Limits. City’s Plan for East New York Tries to Address Gentrification Fears. ANHD’s Emily Goldstein says communities feel there’s more of an opportunity to engage with the city in new ways but there’s not necessarily trust that whatever the city would on its own come up with would result in what the community actually needs. July 13, 2015

Curbed. Federal Ruling on Fair Housing Calls for More Public Input. ANHD’s Barika Williams says in the face of pressures from the real estate industry, it’s vital vital that local communities have a voice and can impact local housing planning. July 11, 2015

WNYC. What Stricter Federal Housing Rules Will Mean for NYC . ANHD’s Barika Williams says it’s vital that local communities have a voice and can impact local housing planning. July 9, 2015

AM News. NYC comptroller audit: HPD fails to respond to housing emergencies in timely fashion. ANHD’s Jonathan Furlong says HPD actually does incredible work with the resources it has – but the city has “chosen not to double-down on funding to help lift up this agency and get it really working at its full capacity. July 9, 2015

Inside Climate News. Reducing Building Emissions Crucial to Meeting NYC Climate Goals. With New York City’s buildings responsible for three-quarters of its carbon emissions, the City is considering updating building codes and mandating upgrades at point of purchase to slash emissions. ANHD’s Moses Gates recommends that additional funding options be available for owners with more limited resources. July 7, 2015

Next City. New Yorkers Get Historic Rent Freeze. As the Rent Guidelines Board voted to freeze rents, ANHD’s Jonathan Furlong said tenants would be more aggressive than ever in defending their rights. June 30, 2015

City Limits. Does Albany’s 2015 Ending Mean Progressive Window is Closed? For rent regulations, Albany left the vacancy decontrol mechanism in place, making it a piece of legislation that the Association for Neighborhood Housing Development says “will hurt New York City tenants and further erode affordable housing throughout the city.” Meanwhile, the bid to reform the 421-a tax exemption fell far short of hopes. June 26, 2015

American Banker. The New Merger Requirement: A Better CRA Plan. Valley National increased its CRA activity in requesting approval for a merger. ANHD’s Jaime Weisberg is quoted, “To their credit, they put the plan in place and it covers all areas of CRA loans … It sets a great precedent.” (Note: link may request a subscription). With the permission of the publisher, you may also access the article HERE. June 19, 2015

Capital New York. De Blasio short of lowest-income housing goals so far . De Blasio’s overall goals for very low income housing, while laudable, are not enough to meet the needs of the community and the City will have to re-work its strategies, according to ANHD’s Moses Gates. June 19, 2015

NY1 – Inside City Hall. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin provides the numbers that show how ineffective the 421a tax abatement has been at creating affordable housing. June 15, 2015

NY1. ANHD’s Emily Goldstein discusses the enormous impact on New Yorkers if the rent regulations aren’t renewed. June 12, 2015

AM New York. NYC rent-stabilized units increasing, but housing advocates call for more protection laws. Although NYC has gained 1,256 rent-stabilized apartments over the past two years, they’re listed at market rates, and ANHD’s Emily Goldstein notes that few are serving low-income New Yorkers. June 3, 2015

City and State. The Price of Housing Preservation: Linden Plaza’s Saga. Mitchell-Lama developments often lack the regulatory tools and funds to keep rents low – ANHD’s Emily Goldstein calls Linden Plaza a “stark and extreme illustration” of this problem. May 26, 2015

New York Times. New York Real Estate Executive with Access to Politicians is at Center of Scandals. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin comments on ANHD’s analysis that illustrates how another major developer is receiving major tax benefits through 421, while providing just 15% of its apartments for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. May 25, 2015

WNYC. What the City Council Can Do to Fix Controversial 421 Tax Benefit. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin feels the City should either fix the 421-a developers’ tax break so that it truly meets the affordable housing needs of local New Yorkers… or should end it. May 20, 2015

City Limits. Tenant Advocates Unhappy with de Blasio’s 421a Proposal. ANHD’s Moses Gates blogged that the mayor’s 421a proposal would give developers a tax break for units that primarily serve residents earning 130 percent of Area Median Income to households earning approximately $110,000 a year, or paying approximately $2,700 a month in rent for a 2-bedroom apartment. May 8, 2015

Gothamist. De Blasio Reveals New Affordable Housing Plan, Real Estate Lobby Approves. ANHD finds that the new plan doesn’t provide nearly enough housing for low- and very-low income New Yorkers, but yet gives large tax breaks and benefits to the developers. May 7, 2015

Capital New York. Why de Blasio’s ‘Affordable Housing’ Proposal Won Over Developers. ANHD finds that the new plan doesn’t provide nearly enough housing for low- and very-low income New Yorkers, but yet gives large tax breaks and benefits to the developers. May 7, 2015

DNAinfo. De Blasio Calls for New ‘Mansion Tax’ and Reform to Developers’ Tax Breaks. ANHD finds that the new plan doesn’t provide nearly enough housing for low- and very-low income New Yorkers, but yet gives large tax breaks and benefits to the developers. May 7, 2015

New York Times. Mayor de Blasio’s Plan Aims to Spur More Affordable Housing in New York. ANHD executive director, Benjamin Dulchin, likes the de Blasio plan but feels it doesn’t ensure that the most needy low-income tenants will get the affordable apartments. May 6, 2015

Capital New York. Rochester, Syracuse back N.Y.U. expansion. While local communities need the upper hand on local land use, ANHD states that the NYS Court of Appeals should not rule on developing public green space without permission, because it could set precedent and threaten construction of new affordable units statewide. May 5, 2015

Brooklyn Eagle. Fifth Avenue Committee to Sponsor ‘Innovations in Creating Thriving and Equitable Communities’ . Fifth Avenue’s conference is Tuesday, May 19, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Rose Cinema, 20 Lafayette Ave, with panel discussions 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by the reception from 6 to 9pm. Panelists include ANHD Deputy Director, Barika Williams, Andrew Kimball, CEO, Industry City; Councilmember Brad Lander (D-39th District); Michelle de la Uz, executive director, Fifth Avenue Committee and Carl Weisbrod, director, NYC Department of City Planning. May 5, 2015

Bloomberg News. NYC’S No-Longer-Ailing Developers Seek to Retain 1971 Tax Break . Bloomberg News cites ANHD’s research that 421 tax exemptions can last up to 25 years on the condition that 20% of the units are affordable to people earning 60 percent of the area’s median income. May 1, 2015

Real Deal. Affordable housing groups join fight over NYU expansion. While local communities should have the upper hand on local land use, ANHD states that the NYS Court of Appeals should not rule on developing public green space without permission, because it could set precedent and threaten construction of new affordable units statewide. April 28, 2015

DNA info. Affordable Housing Groups Throw Support Behind NYU Expansion. While local communities should have the upper hand on local land use, ANHD states that the NYS Court of Appeals should not rule on developing public green space without permission, because it could set precedent and threaten construction of new affordable units statewide. April 28, 2015

New York Times. Program aims to reduce energy costs and keep rents affordable in Bronx. ANHD’s Moses Gates discusses why Bronx Borough President, Rubin Diaz’s retro-fit program is a great way to reduce energy costs in affordable housing. April 27, 2015

Gothamist. “Our Home Is Not A New Frontier”: Bushwick Locals Fight New Luxury Development. ANHD’s push for reform of the 421a developer’s tax break is cited as a solution to rampant gentrification. April 22, 2015

Truth Out. How Your Tax Dollars Are Wasted to Build Luxury Apartments. Article points to the urgent need for ANHD’s plan for reform of the 421a developer’s tax break. April 4, 2015

The Awl. The Condos at the End of the Line. ANHD found that the city missed out on over a billion dollars in tax revenue in Fiscal Year 2013 as a result of the tax abatement and that less than nine percent of units built under the program were affordable. April 2, 2015

Gotham Gazette. Sunset Park Redevelopment Proposal Misses the Mark. ANHD is part of a coalition urging the city to include the local community in planning for new housing and business districts. April 1, 2015

USA Today. NYC Mayor Faces Tough Market for Affordable Housing. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin notes that NYC no longer has any neighborhoods that are affordable. March 26, 2015

SocialistWorker.org. A 1,000-foot middle finger to affordable housing. A penthouse at One 57th Street that recently sold for a record-setting $100.5 million is receiving a 95% cut in this year’s property tax bill, due to the 421a Tax Incentive. March 26, 2015

Wall Street Journal. Some Question Math of Mayor’s Affordable Housing Strategy. March 25, 2015

New York University Washington Square News. Affordable Housing Policy Must Be Reworked. Because of the 421a Tax Incentive, a penthouse at One 57th Street that recently sold for a record-setting $100.5 million is receiving a 95% cut in this year’s property tax bill. March 24, 2015

The Real Deal. Housing Plan is About Trade Offs. ANHD’s 3/19 conference included a plenary panel debate on making the de Blasio affordable housing plan work. March 23, 2015

Crain’s New York. Official admits sacrifices will be made to meet mayor’s housing goal. ANHD’s packed conference on 3/19 included a plenary panel of City Officials and Housing Advocates who presented the issues of making the de Blasio affordable housing plan work. March 23, 2015

New York Times. For Holdout Renters, Condo Conversions Can Be Messy. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin states that harassment is often played out subtly, creating pressures that eventually push tenants out. March 13, 2015

National Mortgage Professional. Governors Cuomo and Christie Rebuked on Housing Controversies. ANHD calls for New York State’s $492 million in settlement funds from mortgage-related settlements be used for affordable housing. March 11, 2015

DNA Info. Housing Groups Heckle Mayor on Steps of City Hall over Affordable Housing. Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered on City Hall’s steps 3/11 calling for better inclusion in shaping housing plans to fit their neighborhoods. March 11, 2015.

Crain’s New York. Activists Soften Message of City Hall Housing Rally. ANHD seeks equitable neighborhood planning. March 11, 2015

Capital New York. As Parking Needs Fall, City Hall Weighs Reduced Requirements. As the demand for parking decreases, ANHD advocates that extra space be used for affordable housing. March 10, 2015

Wall Street Journal. Housing Groups Criticize Cuomo on Spending of Settlement Funds. ANHD and other advocates push for money to be spent to help homeowners hit by foreclosure crisis. March 9, 2015

Bensonhurst Bean. Local Lawmakers Oppose Controversial Tax Abatement Program For Developers. Cites ANHD’s report which found that the 421-a program in the fiscal year 2013 cost the city $1.1 billion in forgone tax revenue but resulted in only a little more than 13,000 affordable rental apartments. March 9, 2015

New York Times. De Blasio and Developer Are Close, But Not on Lower-Cost Housing. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin points out that the City is once again missing an opportunity to build affordable housing while another developer gets major tax breaks for building luxury apartments. March 5, 2015

WPIX Channel 11 Morning News. ANHD’s Land Use Coordinator, Emily Goldstein, explains how tenants can figure out if they’re being overcharged. March 3, 2015

WNYC. De Blasio Protects Current Affordable Housing But Feds Threaten Future Developments. ANHD’s Deputy Director Barika Williams discusses two new developments in New York City housing: Mayor de Blasio’s new task force to protect tenants in rent-regulated apartments from landlords who want them out so they can rent the units at market rates and HUDs review of whether community preference for affordable housing leads to discrimination. February 23, 2015

WPIX Channel 11 Morning News. ANHD’s Land Use Coordinator, Emily Goldstein, speaks on New Yorkers in unheated apartments during the freezing spell. No link available. February 19, 2015

New York Times. Room for Debate – A Tax Break Only Helps Developers. ANHD Deputy Director, Barika X. Williams, writes on the need to reform the 421a Tax Break to benefit affordable housing only, not luxury housing. February 11, 2015

Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report. ANHD Deputy Director, Barika X. Williams is appointed to the Atlantic Yards CDC board to help ensure compliance for affordable housing and economic development. Feb. 9, 2015

Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report. ANHD Deputy Director, Barika X. Williams, asks about the median incomes expected for each building and the targets for such buildings. Feb. 9, 2015

Gotham Gazette. Deal between NYCHA and Private Developers Provokes Questions. Moses Gates, ANHD Director of Planning and Community Development cautions that in any joint venture with private developers, NYCHA should ensure that the public will retain ownership at the end. Feb. 9, 2015

Pro Publica. Housing Enforcement Group Sues M&T Bank for Discrimination. ANHD’s State of Banking Report is cited. Feb. 9, 2015

Gotham Gazette. The Week Ahead in New York Politics. Gotham Gazette reminds New Yorkers that the historic Responsible Banking community hearings – a major plank in ANHD’s RBA platform – begin 2/9. For more on the hearings and on the Responsble Banking Act, CLICK HERE . Feb. 8, 2015

Buffalo News. Bank Sued by Housing Group over Lending Bias. ANHD’s State of Banking Report is cited. Feb. 5, 2015

Crain’s New York. Mayor’s State of the City: My Rules, Not Yours. While housing advocates rejoice at Mayor de Blasio’s championing affordable housing, ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin cautions that our city’s small businesses and manufacturers should not be chased away by the housing plan. Feb. 3, 2015

New York Times. In program to spur affordable housing, $100 million penthouse gets 95% tax cut ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin calls for 25% of units at 30% AMI (25,000/yr) in buildings receiving 421a tax credits. Feb. 1, 2015

Capital New York. City analyzing 421a plan while advocates call for end At the Jan. 29, 2015 City Council hearing, Barika Williams of ANHD gave testimony that, “Any conversation about 421a must include our City Rent Regulation Laws, which are also set to expire in June 2015.” Jan. 30, 2015

Brooklyn Magazine. How New York City’s affordable housing program has failed its neediest residents. ANHD points to the $1 billion cost of the 421a tax break program and the fact that in 2013, 421a netted just over 13,000 affordable rental apartments. Jan. 30, 2015

New York Daily News. Advocates, politicians push to end billion-dollar housing developer tax break. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin says the 421a tax break just leads to more profit for developers while returning nothing to the taxpayers. Jan. 30, 2015

WNYC. Billionares Boondoggle or Essential Tax Credit? More Debate over 421A. ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin says that according to new research from ANHD, in fiscal year 2013 the 421-a program cost New York city $1.1 billion but netted just over 13,000 affordable rental apartments. Jan. 29, 2015

The Real Deal. Tenant advocates wonder: Did Silver shortchange renters? ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin asks that details be made public on whether Sheldon Silver watered down a 2011 law to help rent stabilization tenants. Jan. 28, 2015

Value Walk. A Sheldon Silver Mystery: Did He Betray New York Renters? ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin learns that the 2011 law to help rent stabilization tenants may have been watered down by Sheldon Silver. Jan. 27, 2015

ProPublica. A Sheldon Silver Mystery: Did He Betray New York Renters? ANHD’s Benjamin Dulchin learns that Prosecutors allege the state Assembly speaker made changes to rent regulation on behalf of a developer. Jan. 27, 2015

New York Daily News. ‘Affordable’ deal: $1 each for Queens properties. The city is auctioning off 17 properties in South Jamaica at rock-bottom prices in the hopes of enticing developers to build affordable housing units. Moses Gates weighs in. Jan. 27, 2015

Queens Brownstoner. 92,000 Apply for Affordable Housing at LIC Development Hunters Point South. ANHD points out how affordable housing is an easy fit in better neighborhoods. Jan. 2, 2015

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