New York Housing Conference testified before the New York City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee about Mayor Eric Adams’s new housing plan, Housing Our Neighbors, applauding the new vision and end to a siloed approach while discussing the work ahead.
Mayor Eric Adams’s new people-focused housing plan – Housing Our Neighbors: A Blueprint for Housing and Homelessness – is a welcome departure from the City’s previously siloed approach to housing policy. This new vision rightly centers on some of the most critical and pressing housing issues across the five boroughs, including NYCHA preservation, homelessness, and housing affordability – one of the main recommendations of the United for Housing coalition.
The plan also rightly avoids setting a big numerical target for affordable housing production, which in the past has led to housing plans that chased the big number at the expense of affordability levels and other important goals. However, we want to make sure the administration continues to track production to maintain transparency and we look forward to working with the administration to develop metrics that will track whether the plan is efficient and improving housing affordability.