Taking Stock: Housing New York, Behind the Numbers
Summary: Mayor Bill de Blasio recently laid out his administration’s case for the success of the first three years of his flagship affordable housing initiative, Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan, an ambitious effort to produce and preserve 200,000 units of income-targeted housing by 2024. “To the surprise of the skeptics and naysayers,” de Blasio wrote, “we’ve actually delivered on our promise [...] to help [...] New Yorkers afford to stay here.” While the mayor’s efforts have been successful in some respects, a number of concerns remain. Here we review the most common concerns expressed by resident and advocate “naysayers” and offer recommendations that could improve the city’s housing plan.
Issues: Affordable Housing