Thomas J. Waters

Thomas J. Waters

Housing Policy Analyst

Joined CSS: 2005

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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, the effects of increased housing budget pressures, and housing conditions affecting the city’s immigrant communities. He also participates in coalitions advocating on issues related to Mitchell-Lama rental housing, physically distressed subsidized housing, and predatory investment in apartment buildings. 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 is now a member of the Tenants & Neighbors board of directors. He is also working on a Ph.D. in political science at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

“New York City’s permanent affordable housing shortage plays a central role in the experience of the city’s poor and working people. During the last economic boom, all of the gains that low-income New Yorkers have made through employment were negated by rising rents. A decade of economic progress ultimately benefited low-income people’s landlords but not low-income people themselves. Now that incomes have stopped rising, rents are unfortunately going full steam ahead.”

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