Comments on the Draft Scope of Work for the Proposed Bushwick Rezoning (Bushwick Neighborhood Plan)

In my comments today I want to echo the demand of neighborhood residents and stakeholders in stating that the Bushwick Community Plan’s zoning proposal must be studied as an alternative in the EIS. 

Comments to the Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises on the Proposed Bay Street Corridor Rezoning

In offering my testimony today I want to echo the vital concerns raised by community members asking who this rezoning will actually serve. This is a concern that is borne out by looking at the numbers. The EIS acknowledges that the Bay Street rezoning will bring in a higher income population than exists in the study area today. The EIS further identifies a low-income population of 1,700 renters in unprotected units who are vulnerable to the increase in rents the rezoning could bring.

Testimony of Emily Goldstein Before the New York City Council Committee on Land Use Regarding CEQR

Over the past five years, we have worked intensively to prevent our City’s land use and planning processes from exacerbating New York City’s housing affordability and displacement crises and have come to see the current CEQR process as a key obstacle to that goal.

Comments to the City Planning Commission on the Proposed Bay Street Corridor Rezoning

Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to testify. My name is Chris Walters and I am the Rezoning Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD). ANHD is a coalition of community groups across the city working to build community power to win affordable housing and thriving, equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers.

Testimony of Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen Before City Planning Commission Regarding 1010 and 1050 Pacific Street

Good morning. Thank you commissioners for the opportunity to testify.

Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA) Community Panel for Boston Outreach Meeting

Federal bank regulators invited ANHD to present our analysis on the community panel at the EGRPRA outreach meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Testimony of Benjamin Dulchin, Before the City Planning Commission Regarding the Proposed "Zoning for Quality and Affordability" Text Amendment

While we do have some suggestions for improvement, and we acknowledge that the proposed text does mean some real trade-offs for communities, we believe the Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) proposal is worthy of support. The ZQA proposal reflects thoughtful and modest changes to encourage affordable and senior developments, while preserving the types of livable, mixed-use communities New Yorkers value.

Testimony of Barika Williams, Before the City Planning Commission Regarding the Proposed "Mandatory Inclusionary Housing" Text Amendment

Testimony of Barika X. Williams (ANHD staff) Before the New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises Regarding the Proposed “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” Text Amendment

ANHD is calling on the City Council to revise the Administration's Mandatory Inclusionary Housing proposal and add additional options with deeper affordability levels to meet the full range of incomes and neighborhoods across the City.

ANHD Releases New District-Level Tenant Displacement Risk Tracking Tool

The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) is excited to release the next phase of our Displacement Alert Project (DAP): DAP District Reports. DAP Reports provide monthly updates on harassment and displacement risk in rent stabilized buildings across New York City’s 59 community districts. The reports are a crucial new tool for grassroots groups, tenant organizers, community members, and elected officials. They allow you to:

  • Access lists of at-risk buildings arranged by address, color-coded, and sorted by each community district.
  • View reports on your computer, phone, or print them out in a clear format to take offline and into the field.
  • Look back at reports from previous months.
  • Navigate directly to a property page on ACRIS, HPD, DOB, DOF tax bills, OASIS map, and Google Maps.

Tenant organizers can use the reports to identify the most at-risk buildings in their neighborhoods and prioritize outreach. District Reports data can support work to keep tenants in place and preserve rent stabilized units by making organizers’ research faster and easier. Community members can use the reports to understand threats to tenants and existing affordable housing at the neighborhood level. Elected officials can use the reports to monitor the risk to stabilized buildings in their districts and their offices can use them to support tenants facing harassment. And, while DAP Map provides a citywide view of displacement risk, DAP District Reports give researchers and the public the opportunity to understand current risk in detail and at the neighborhood level. Here is a small sampling of what we found this month with the DAP District Reports:

  • 300+ apartments in 9 rent stabilized buildings were sold in Washington Heights/Inwood (Manhattan CB 12) for a total of $75 million.

High sales prices can mean the new owner plans to displace existing stabilized tenants to make large profits.

  • The Bronx had the most stabilized buildings with 5 or more new Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) complaints – 930 with more than 11,000 complaints in just December alone.
  • HPD issued 10+ violations most frequently in Brooklyn rent stabilized buildings, more than 4,500 violations total in 260 buildings.

Buildings accumulating many HPD complaints or violations in a month can indicate a landlord is actively harassing or neglecting tenants in an effort to push them out of their apartments. DAP Reports build off ANHD’s interactive data visualization DAP Map, which was launched last year, taking public data related to housing and presenting it in a more easily accessible way for users to understand where there are heightened risks of displacement in New York City. It compiles fragmented information from various public records and databases, and makes it more easily accessible for advocates - especially organizers and activists - by displaying it in one place, with intuitive, color-coded metrics. For more information on how to use the DAP District Reports, visit the Tutorial Page. For specific questions or press inquiries, please contact Lucy Block at lucy.b@anhd.org.

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