United for Housing, a coalition of more than 80 organizations convened by NYHC to develop housing recommendations for the next mayor, released our report and the report was covered in the New York Times and Politico New York [$].
The report includes a call for all mayoral candidates to support $4 billion in capital investment per year – including $1.5 billion for NYCHA and $2.5 billion for HPD – as well as to commit to a racial equity strategy to reverse centuries of racist housing policies, $200 million per year in rental assistance and a significant reduction to homelessness.
The report also calls on candidates to embrace the following guiding principles:
- Confront and undo a legacy of systemic racial discrimination in housing.
- Prioritize preservation of public housing in a citywide affordable housing plan.
- Expand affordable housing supply through preservation and development.
- Improve housing affordability for the lowest-income New Yorkers.
- Reduce homelessness through coordinated housing and homeless policy.
Finally, the report includes detailed recommendations in five issues areas: public housing, new construction of affordable housing, preservation of affordable housing, housing poverty and homelessness, and homeownership. You can see the full report on the United for Housing website here: https://u4housing.thenyhc.org/
The New York Times coverage highlighted the $4 billion capital request, as well as focused on the report’s recommendations for upzoning higher income neighborhoods, support for accessory dwelling units and basement apartments, and making preservation of NYCHA a priority of the next housing plan. Moses Gates, Brenda Rosen, Michelle de la Uz, and Barika Williams, were interviewed and quoted for the story supporting the report.
The Times story also quoted Rachel Fee on United for Housing’s capital budget request: “Very literally, now is the time to double down.” See the story here.
Thank you to all of our partners that worked for the past year to develop the recommendations. This report, representing the voices of more than 80 organizations, will set the housing agenda for the mayoral campaign and positions the United for Housing coalition to be the main voice on housing policy.
We encourage everyone to get involved – share the report and the recommendations and share your housing stories. Follow us @U4Housing and engage with us and the public using the hashtag #U4Housing.