ANHD Testimony for September 7 2021 City Council Small Business Hearing

Commercial tenants do not currently have any rent protections beyond what is included in their lease. This means that small businesses are often hit with rent increases they can’t afford, which effectively function as evictions to make way for higher-paying tenants or lead to commercial vacancies.

Testimony Of Lucy Block Before The New York City Council Regarding Multiple Bills: The Expansion Of The Certificate Of No Harassment Program (T2021-7888), The Affordable Housing Lottery (Int 1817), And A Mandatory Registration System For Short-Term Rental

Thank you for holding the September 13 hearing on multiple important pieces of legislation. My name is Lucy Block and I’m a Research and Policy Associate at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD). ANHD is a member organization whose mission is to build community power to win affordable housing and thriving, equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. We believe housing justice is economic justice is racial justice. Our members are neighborhood-based affordable housing and equitable economic development organizations across New York City.

Testimony Of Lucy Block To The New York Advisory Committee To The U.S. Commission On Civil Rights Regarding Racial Inequities In Evictions

When I first made a rudimentary map of eviction filings by zip code, I was struck by the similarity to maps I made in the early months of the COVID-19 crisis showing concentrations of cases and deaths – which are also the areas that are more densely populated by people of color.

Testimony Before the New York State Assembly Committees on Housing, Social Services, and Ways and Means Regarding the New York State COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

We’re testifying on behalf of our member organizations who have been working tirelessly on the ground to apply for rent relief. Our members are the community-based organizations who are tasked with assisting the most marginalized tenants in accessing relief – those who do not have internet access or devices, who are not comfortable or experienced with filling out complex forms and uploading documentation online, who fear applying due to their immigration status, or who need assistance because the application and resources are not available in their primary language.

TESTIMONY OF ELIOT HETTERLY, ANHD BEFORE THE NEW YORK CITY RENT GUIDELINES BOARD

Even prior to the pandemic, New York City was in a housing emergency. Decades of rent law loopholes that favored landlords, profit-driven speculation leading to the displacement of tenants, and annual rent increases have all played a major role in our City’s affordability crisis.

New York City Council Committee on Finance Testimony by Jaime Weisberg of ANHD

ANHD believes that public dollars should go towards the public good to benefit New York City’s BIPOC, LMI, and immigrant communities. A public bank is designed to ensure that our public deposits are reinvested into the community, either by lending directly or lending through mission-driven entities like CDFIs and community development credit unions.

Testimony Before the New York State Senate Finance Committee and New York State Assembly Committee on Ways and Means

My name is Karen Narefsky, and I am the Senior Organizer for Equitable Economic Development at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD). I am testifying today on behalf of United for Small Business NYC, a coalition of which we are a member. I would like to thank Committee Chairs Krueger, Weinstein, Kaplan, and Bronson for holding today’s hearing on the economic development-related proposals in the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Executive Budget.

Testimony Before the New York State Senate Finance Committee and New York State Assembly Committee on Ways and Means Regarding Priorities for the New York State Executive Budget for Housing

Good Morning. My name is Emily Goldstein, and I am the Director of Organizing and Advocacy at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD). I would like to thank Committee Chairs Krueger, Weinstein, Kavanagh and Cymbrowitz for holding today’s hearing on the housing-related proposals in the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Executive Budget.

Testimony of Lucy Block Before the New York City Council Regarding Deed Fraud and Deed Theft

I’d like to thank the Committees for holding this hearing on the important issues of deed theft, speculation, and harassment of small homeowners in New York City. ANHD fully supports Resolutions 1429 and 1430, partially support Resolution 1427, and support Introductions 1913 and 1919 with proposed modifications. 

TESTIMONY OF MALIKA CONNER BEFORE THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND BUILDINGS REGARDING TENANT SAFETY AND BUILDING SANITATION IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Under the warrant of habitability, tenants throughout New York City have a right to a safe, sanitary, and liveable apartment. This standard also applies to the public areas of residential buildings. However, we know anecdotally, that many landlords have used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to let buildings slip into disrepair at a time when making sure buildings are clean and secure, and that tenants are protected from hazardous conditions, is more important than ever before.