‘If NYC’s leadership can commit to ending traffic deaths – not only to the tools they will use to achieve this, but to the real goal – then they will do the same to housing issues. who shape our lives,” housing advocate ANHD said in its analysis of candidates’ written policies.
None of the leading Democratic candidates running for mayor in the June 22 primaries have made a specific commitment to reducing the rent burden or ending homelessness in New York City. Analysis of platforms written by the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) of top candidates.
While candidates have proposed policy changes aimed at addressing the housing crisis, advocates are pushing City Hall candidates to set clear goals of reducing homelessness and increasing affordability, similarly to the city’s Vision Zero program. How the target is built around. Eliminating traffic deaths.
“To be clear, each candidate’s platform includes a commitment to subsidy programs, construction units, and implementing policies such as fair housing enforcement and homeownership assistance, and all of these make a lot of sense,” said the analysis, according to nonprofit housing organizations. issued by the Coalition. said.
“But if anything has been clarified in the past several administrations, it is the details that matter – the units built, the redistribution of neighborhoods, the money invested, and the laws passed. Doesn’t necessarily translate to decreased homelessness and increased affordability if these are not clearly set out as metrics by which we can hold our city government accountable,” the ANHD said. “If NYC’s leadership can commit to ending traffic deaths—not only to the tools they’ll use to achieve this, but to the real goal—they will be the ones shaping our lives.” Should be able to do the same on housing issues.”
The analysis looked at how each candidate’s written housing platform compares with others on specific issues as of May 28: who has pledged to move money from temporary shelters to permanent housing, how much of each city’s money goes to NYCHA. and whether candidates support, according to ANHD, placing all of the city’s housing agencies under the control of a deputy mayor (only Sean Donovan, Katherine Garcia and Andrew Yang would do so).
Seven of the top eight candidates in the race – Eric Adams, Donovan, Garcia, Diane Morales, Scott Stringer, Maya Wiley and Yang – had published written plans that proposed expanding tenant rights initiatives such as Right to Counsel in housing court. or it promises enhanced enforcement of tenant security. (According to ANHD, Ray McGuire did not specify similar plans.)
Only Stringer, Donovan and McGuire’s platforms were explicitly called upon to expand payment assistance services to homeowners, while only Adams, Morales and Stringer proposed reforms to the city’s controversial tax lien sale. is.
Still, these plans are focused more on inputs than results — it’s more important that candidates not only meet metrics for new affordable units but are clearly committed to ending homelessness, advocates said. said.
“One of our big lessons from the de Blasio administration – and even before we looked at the Bloomberg administration – is whether it is possible for mayors to meet their stated housing goals, and by any sort of metric I would like to see housing. I can think of the issue of getting worse,” said Emily Goldstein, director of organizing and advocacy at ANHD.
“De Blasio accomplished his goal, and yet homelessness is worse than ever,” she said. “To me that’s an indicator that there was something wrong with the target, right? He built up the number of units and preserved the number of units he said he was going to do. But that doesn’t really help with the solution or affordability.” Not much progress has been made on the issue of
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