The shortage in affordable housing in this city has become a crisis, and I commend Mayor de Blasio for beginning to address this issue in a comprehensive way. In particular, his proposal to double the HPD budget would provide necessary resources, and his call for mandatory inclusionary housing would ensure there are units available for various income levels in all neighborhoods. The Mayor also proposes a respectful and neighborhood-focused approach to exploring new developments on NYCHA property.
The plan puts forward two new programs to aggregate small sites in order to create new affordable housing – programs that are especially important in Manhattan, where large sites are hard to find and where residents want to retain light, air, and full sunlight in parks, and not be surrounded by giant structures.
Still to be addressed is a way to create permanent housing in Single Room Occupancy buildings, many of which have vacant units. And I also have major concerns about ongoing efforts to downsize Section 8 residents. Overall, I look forward to working with the Mayor on this ambitious and necessary plan.
Borough President Brewer sent City Hall a list of recommendations for developing affordable housing, as well as possible sites as compiled by Manhattan’s Community Boards. Links below:
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