Thomas J. Waters

Thomas J. Waters

Housing Policy Analyst

Joined CSS: 2005

Departments & Programs

Housing Policy


Tom Waters works for more affordable and better quality housing for low-income New Yorkers through a combination of research, advocacy, and coalition-building. He has written CSS reports on New York City’s dwindling stock of subsidized and regulated housing, neighborhood change, and the need to produce new affordable housing for the families with the lowest incomes. Prior to joining CSS, he was a journalist, a community organizer in Knoxville, Tennessee, and an organizer, fundraiser, and interim director at New York State Tenants & Neighbors. He has a master’s degree in political science from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he is also working on a Ph.D., and he has taught urban politics and research methods at Marymount Manhattan, Barnard, and City College.

“The New York City landscape is pervasively shaped by housing policy – sometimes reflecting efforts to fully include poor and working people in the life of the city but often reflecting dramatic failures to do that. If we are going to build a just city where diverse people share a common life together and poor people aren’t shoved to the margins, we need to preserve our stock of existing affordable housing and expand the supply for the people facing the greatest housing hardships.”
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