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De Blasio Housing Plan Promises Inclusion, Density

The mayor's housing vision describes an array of programs the administration will pursue to build or preserve 200,000 units. But the key is the rezoning of several city neighborhoods.

Decade-Long Feud Over Bronx Buildings Erupts Anew

Tenant organizations and a group of companies linked to a key real-estate operator were back in court last week arguing over the aftermath of a 2005 defamation lawsuit.

Advocates Waiting for de Blasio to Fix Homeless Housing Program

The cluster program is widely criticized as expensive and disruptive. So far the new administration has yet to propose an alternative, but advocates have high hopes a plan is coming.

Housing Court Goes on Trial

Advocates who fault the court's facilities and lack of right to counsel found it guilty on all counts in a hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

New Push For Banks to Monitor Building Conditions

For decades housing advocates have hounded negligent property owners. Now there's increasing focus on the lenders who permit them to buy other peoples' homes.

Advocates Fear Homeless Program Threatens Affordable Housing

Responding to the shelter surge, the city has placed homeless families in clusters of apartments in private buildings. The pricey program might undermine rent stabilization.

Report: New Mayor Should Stop Re-Housing the Homeless

Some mayoral candidates want to restore programs that place homeless families in regular housing. But one think-tank believes those programs drive shelter demand.

Buildings Get High Marks—From Feds, Not Tenants

Federal officials are supposed to screen the apartments that receive Section 8 rent assistance. But their inspection results are often at odd with what residents find.

After Flood, Brighton's Latinos Struggle in Shadows

A growing if largely invisible community hard-hit by Sandy faces a unique challenge: Undocumented immigrants must get help to fix illegal apartments.

Reeling Before the Storm, Rockaways Complex Eyes Rescue

Ocean Village lost power after Sandy. But danger and deprivation were nothing new to its 1,000-plus residents, who hope a new owner and $110 million in public financing change the tide.

Illegal Hotels Survive Crackdown, Some Say

Fifteen months after a move to strengthen enforcement against unauthorized rentals, the number of citations is up, but complaints continue. Some say the fines are too low. Others believe the law is unfair.

For Some Landlords, It's Not Easy Going Green

If New York is to meet PlanNYC's goals, apartment buildings must get greener. While property owners and tenants both benefit from more efficient systems, getting them up and running takes a different kind of green.

'Vacated' Housing Full of Meaning for Brooklyn Nabes

A look at three buildings that the city once ordered vacated for safety reasons reveals the changing—and very different—fortunes of three Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Deep Concerns about ‘Three-Quarter’ Housing

Three-quarter homes give people who are homeless, leaving prison or seeking substance-abuse treatment a place to stay. But critics say the houses are unregulated and sometimes unsafe.

Lawsuits Target Three-Quarter Operators

At some dormitories for homeless people, lawyers allege, landlords forced tenants to attend particular drug programs and failed to provide safe housing. But operators say they were trying to do good—or at least following the law.

Three-Quarter Houses Mix Problems with Positives

The unregulated rooming houses often feature crowded, unsafe conditions. But even some critics point out that they play an important role in keeping people off the street.

Amid Court Fight, Formerly Homeless In Limbo

The end of the Advantage subsidy program leaves advocates battling to salvage a policy they criticized, the city bracing for more demand for scarce shelter beds and low-income families wondering what comes next.

Crackdown on Conversions Confronts Danger and Necessity

Illegal apartments have figured in several tragic fires, prompting stricter enforcement. But they also play a role in meeting housing demand, leading some experts to wonder if a path to legalization is needed.

Critics Of Homeless Program Fight To Save It

Advocates for the homeless have long criticized the Bloomberg administration's approach to getting people out of shelters. But with the state threatening to end funding for the program, most advocates have joined the city to oppose the cuts.

Work In Progress: Residents Get More NYCHA Jobs

Since 1968, public housing authorities nationwide have largely been ignoring a law requiring that they employ residents. Evidence suggests that at NYCHA, at least, that's changing.


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New York City's distinctive housing policies set it apart from other major American cities. Rent regulation, funds to stop homelessness, and the preservation of affordable housing stock are one of several projects that New York City has committed itself to in the past decades.

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Some Cautious in Reacting to Mayor's Housing Plan - Jarrett Murphy

Amid widespread praise for the mayor's 10-year, 200,000-unit, $41 billion affordable housing plan, a few notes of caution were sounded.

Optimism on Massive Portfolio of Working-Class Housing - Jarrett Murphy

Advocates hoped a new owner would take on the troubled "three-borough pool." But they welcome a deal with the state AG protecting tenants' rights.

NYC's Housing Crunch is Part of National Crisis - Jarrett Murphy

A new report finds renters are being priced out of housing across the country—not because of a lack of supply, but because of the inadequacy of our incomes.

City Limits Criminal Justice Reporting Honored - Jarrett Murphy

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency recognized our coverage of staff sexual misconduct in New York's prisons and the housing challenges facing former inmates.

Report Sees Renters' Crisis - Jarrett Murphy

When a housing market collapse kicked America into recession, it was reasonable to hope that one benefit would be to reduce housing costs for low-income people. No such luck.

As NYCHA Seeks Flexibility, Tenant Advocates Concerned - Jarrett Murphy

The city's public housing agency wants rules relaxed to allow creative budgeting. But advocates for residents want stronger assurances that financial flexibility won't come at the cost of tenant rights.

Plan Calls for Longer Shelter Stays - Jarrett Murphy

A new report on homelessness in New York calls for some shelter residents to be housed for a year to 18 months, so they can get the time and resources needed to become self-sufficient.

More Poor People=More Crime? Not Necessarily, Says Report - Jarrett Murphy

A study of the effect of housing vouchers on public safety finds no evidence that the arrival of subsidy recipients leads to increases in crime. Rather, voucher holders tend to move to areas where crime is already high.

NYC Groups Ask Feds To Scold Bank - Gena Mangiaratti

A coalition of economic advocacy groups wants a federal bank regulator to give JP Morgan Chase a poor grade for its compliance with an anti-redlining law.

AIDS Program Cuts Stir Protest - Johann Hamilton

Advocates are speaking out against proposed cuts to programs that feed and house people living with HIV/AIDS.

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EVENTS

Ninth Annual Real Estate & Construction Luncheon

Monday, October 20, 2014
11:30a - 2:00p

Step-Up New York Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
:p - 9:00p

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

Shelter Resident Weighs In On Cuomo-De Blasio Debate

By Arvernetta Henry

Shelter Resident Weighs In On Cuomo-De Blasio Debate

For Arvernetta Henry, the stakes in the budget talks are pretty simple. With a rent subsidy, she gets out of the shelter. Without it, she doesn't.

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MULTIMEDIA

Audit of a Drug Treatment Service

A New York State agency audit detailed links between a substance-abuse treatment service and a provider of "sober homes."

NYC's New Policy on Three-Quarter Houses

In 2010, the Department of Homeless Services moved to adopt guidelines that bar referrals of shelter residents to housing that violates city codes.

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