Category: Housing

End the “Poor Door”

Relegating low- and moderate-income residents of new, mixed-income developments to a “poor door” is wrong and must stop immediately. New York City thrives on fairness and diversity. Creating a two-tier system in the same building is anathema to everything that makes Manhattan great. I consider any separate-but-equal rationalization an offensive relic of history.Today, July 25, 2014, I stood on City Hall steps to demand revisions to the city’s Inclusionary… Read more

Brewer to HPD: Stop downsizing vulnerable Section 8 tenants, convene working group

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to halt the downsizing of the City’s most vulnerable Section 8 residents and convene a working group to find alternate cost-saving solutions. The letter was signed by 26 elected officials and follows months of communication with HPD over Section 8 downsizing. “Downsizing as it is currently being carried out affects mostly the… Read more

Brewer calls on City Hall to reject Airbnb’s business model

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling on City Hall to reject Airbnb’s business model and fight its efforts to legalize the now illegal use of apartments for commercial use. In a letter to Mayor de Blasio, Brewer warns that using residences as unregulated hotels risks further reducing the number of affordable and rent-regulated apartments in the City – right when they are most needed. The practice also creates… Read more

Brewer calls for dedicated funding source for affordable housing in NYC

Also Recommends Reforming Zoning Policies as City Tackles Growing Crisis in Affordability With housing costs the biggest issue confronting Manhattan, Borough President Gale A. Brewer is calling for a dedicated funding source to create affordable housing in the borough and a dramatic re-think of zoning policies to ensure all new developments include affordable as well as middle-income units. “Manhattan and the City as a whole are suffering a crisis in… Read more

BP Brewer, Comptroller Stringer reach agreement with de Blasio administration for West 95th Street homeless shelter

Agree to examine long-term changes to City’s homeless policy Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on April 14 announced an agreement with New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Lilliam Barrios-Paoli and Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Gilbert Taylor to reduce by half the number of families at Freedom House, a homeless shelter for adult families on West… Read more

SCRIE eligibility expansion will help thousands more NYC seniors

I support Councilmember Margaret Chin’s bill (Intro 243) to increase the eligibility cap for SCRIE eligibility from $29,000 to $50,000, and I’m grateful for the efforts of Manhattan Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh for his tireless efforts in getting this passed in Albany, and for Gov. Cuomo in agreeing to have the state pay for the first two years of newly-eligible seniors. The SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption) Program will… Read more