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. 

USBnyc Testimony for Small Business Committee April 2020

Our members and clients (small businesses, sole proprietorships, cooperatives, street vendors, and non-profits who provide goods and services to the public) are seeing a catastrophic drop in income, up to 100 percent and many will not be able to resume normal operations for many months. Because of this, we need swift action to protect small businesses and non-residential tenants from displacement and closure. We applaud the relief package introduced by Speaker Corey Johnson and Members of the Council, including two bills before this Committee: Int. Nos. 1914 and 1932. 

USBnyc Testimony for Consumer Affairs and Licensing Committee April 2020

Our members and clients (small businesses, sole proprietorships, cooperatives, street vendors, and non-profits who provide goods and services to the public) are seeing a catastrophic drop in income, up to 100 percent. Because of this, we need swift action to protect small businesses and non-residential tenants from displacement and closure. We applaud the relief package introduced by Speaker Corey Johnson and Members of the Council, including one bill before this committee: Intro 1912-2020. 

Testimony of Barika Williams Before the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings Regarding Intros 1936-2020 and 1912-2020

Amidst the global pandemic brought on by COVID-19, tenant harassment and displacement persists, and serves to further undermine affordability, exacerbate existing inequalities, and fuel gentrification.

Testimony of Lucy Block Before the New York City Council Regarding Use of Facial Recognition and Biometric Data Collection

We have four core concerns. First, facial recognition technology frequently misidentifies women, people of color and the elderly, creating a disproportionate risk that such residents will be locked out of their homes in the name of “security.” Second, unnecessary collection of biometric data is a breach of privacy of all tenants, and there are no safeguards to guarantee the security of the data collected. Third, the proposed opt-out provision - though well-intentioned - cannot adequately safeguard tenants.