The New York Housing Conference is partnering with elected officials and other housing advocacy organizations to oppose the cuts to HPD’s capital budget. Mayor de Blasio’s executive budget proposes to cut the current year and next year’s HPD capital budget by 40 percent – $581 million in 2020 and $457 million in 2021, dramatically reducing the city’s affordable housing plan.
Our analysis found that those cuts could lead to 5,300 fewer new construction units and 15,700 fewer preservation units for a total of 21,000 fewer units in total over the two years. These cuts are shortsighted; we need affordable housing now more than ever.
City Council members Brad Lander, Robert Cornegy – Chair of the Committee on Housing and Buildings – and Vanessa Gibson – Chair of the Subcommittee on Capital Budget – also oppose the capital cuts. Council Members Lander and Gibson released a white paper showing why the city should not cut the capital budget right now. “In FY20 and FY21, as the City is facing its operating budget shortfall, the capital cuts will provide de minimis relief. Meanwhile, the cost of halting investment will be felt immediately as a loss of jobs and economic activity,” the report reads. See the report here. NYHC joined a press conference announcing the report with Council Members Lander, Cornegy and Gibson, along with ANHD, CHPC, NYSAFAH and SHNNY. You can see a recording of the press conference here.
The campaign has been covered in several media stories, which you can find here:
Pols Decry Cuts to City Capital Budget, by Sadef Ali Kully. City Limits. June 2, 2020.
NYC will lose 21,000 affordable units to budget cuts: report. by Kathryn Brenzel. The Real Deal. June 1, 2020.
Progressives and real estate industry unite against de Blasio housing budget cuts, by Ryan Deffenbaugh. Crain’s New York Business. June 1, 2020.
Affordable housing developers say de Blasio cuts could doom projects, by Janaki Chadha. Politico New York. May 27, 2020.
Below is the text of a letter we sent to Mayor de Blasio calling on him to reverse the cuts and prioritize affordable housing. The letter was signed by 163 organizations and 14 elected officials, all listed below.
Letter Opposing Cuts
Dear Mayor de Blasio:
Housing New York, the largest affordable housing plan in the nation, and the cornerstone of your fight against inequality in New York City, must be spared by cuts to the capital budget. The serious health and economic impacts of coronavirus on our city are profound and boldly underscore the urgency and need for affordable housing. Together, we are united in strong opposition to the capital cuts proposed in the Executive Budget. Affordable housing is central to creating opportunity for families. Housing is the launching pad for success and is needed now more than ever.
With a tragedy of massive unemployment and housing insecurity facing our city, we call on you to fully restore the capital spending plan for housing. The housing budget must be protected as affordable housing investment is the counter-cyclical tool that can jumpstart jobs, spending and the local economy.
It is also the way to house the homeless – an important part of the public health response to this deadly pandemic. As we approach reopening our city, investing in affordable housing must be part of our recovery- to bring back jobs, to stimulate the economy and most importantly to keep us safe and healthy.
The following 163 Organizations and 14 Elected Officials signed on to the letter.
New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, District 1
New York City Council Member Carlina Rivera, District 2
New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, District 5
New York City Council Member Andy King, District 12
New York City Council Member Vanessa Gibson, Chair of Subcommittee on Capital Budget, District 16
New York City Council Member Francisco Moya, District 21
New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22
New York City Council Member Antonio Reynoso, District 34
New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy, Chair of Committee on Housing and Buildings, District 36
New York Council Member Carlos Menchaca, District 38
New York City Council Member Brad Lander, District 39
New York City Council Member Inez Barron, District 42
New York City Council Member Farah Louis, District 45
New York State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, District 45
144 Development LLC
163rd Street Improvement Council, Inc
The Actors Fund
Alembic Community Development
Amie Gross Architects
The Arker Companies
Ascendant Neighborhood Development Corporation
Association for Community Living, Inc.
Association for Energy Affordability
Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development
Avante Contracting Corporation
B&B Urban LLC
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
BenchmarkTitle Agency, LLC
The Bluestone Organization
Brooklyn Community Services
Blue Sea Development Company, LLC
Blue Sky Bronx LLC
The Bluestone Organization
The Bronx Parent Housing Network, Inc.
Carroll Gardens Association, Inc.
Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development
Catholic Community Relations Council of New York
Catholic Homes New York, an affiliate of Catholic Charities New York
CB Emmanuel Realty LLC
Center for Disability Rights
Center for New York City Neighborhoods
Center for Urban Community Services
Citizens Housing and Planning Council
Coalition for the Homeless
Columba Hall HDFC
Committee For Hispanic Children and Families
The Community Builders
Community League of the Heights. Inc
Community Preservation Corporation
Community Service Society of New York
Covenant House New York
Crosstown Companies, Inc.
Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
Cycle Architecture, PLLC
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
Dattner Architects, DPC
DP Group General Contracting
Dunn Development Corp.
EGA Hall HDFC
Engel & Partners Inc.
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc
ERM Architecture LLC
Federated National Land
Fifth Avenue Committee
Forsyth Street Advisors
Geel Community Services, Inc.
GEMA Hall HDFC
Gilbane Development Company
Habitat for Humanity New York City
Heritage V LLC
Highbridge Community Development Corp.
Homeless Services United
Hope Community, Inc
Housing & Services, Inc.
Housing Justice for All
Housing Rights Initiative
Housing Works, Inc.
The Hudson Companies, Inc.
Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing
Joy Construction Corp
Kinetic Communities Consulting
KMM Consultants, LLC
The Kretchmer Companies
Lantern Community Services
Law Offices Of Daniel Weisz P.C.
Lettire Construction Corp.
Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund, Inc.
Low Income Investment Fund
Magnusson Architecture & Planning PC
Manna of Life Ministries
MHANY Management Inc.
MLappin & Associates LLC
MM Development Advisors, Inc.
Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter
New Destiny Housing Corporation
New York City Housing Partnership
New York Building Congress
New York State Association for Affordable Housing
New York State Council of Churches
New York State Housing Stabilization Fund – LISC
The NRP Group
NYAH Advisors LLC
Omni New York LLC
Parsons Housing Justice Lab at The New School
The Partnership for the Homeless
Perfect Alignment Resources, Inc.
Project Renewal, Inc.
Providence House, Inc
Property Resources Corporation
Real Estate Board of New York
Regional Plan Association
Regions Affordable Housing LLC
RiseBoro Community Partnership
Robert Sanborn Development
Services for the UnderServed
Settlement Housing Fund, Inc.
Selfhelp Realty Group
Shakespeare Gordon Vlado Architects
Shelter Rock Builders LLC
Shorewood Real Estate Group
Slate Property Group
Smith & Henzy Advisory Group, Inc.
Soul Meridian LLC
St. Nicks Alliance
St. Mary’s Park Houses Resident Council
Supportive Housing Network of New York
Unique People Services
University Neighborhood Housing Program
Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC
Urban Builders Collaborative LLC
West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc.
West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, Inc.