Housing Solutions, or Housing Confusion?

The Story

In his new report on housing in New York City, Comptroller Scott Stringer says that the city’s current plan to build more units for low-income people is inadequate and should be expanded dramatically, including constructing more units for the homeless. Rather than devoting funds to this purpose, though, the city should rehabilitate its large stock of dilapidated public housing. The city must also be more creative with existing space, and loosen regulations on the construction of housing by the private market–thus generating more housing for everyone.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Concentrated: Concentrating poor people in isolated neighborhoods is a recipe for dysfunction. Read more.

  2. 2BDRM: More than 10,000 multi-bedroom NYCHA apartments are under-inhabited by senior citizens, who could be encouraged to downsize or move to free up space for young families. Read more.

  3. Land: The price of land and construction in New York City is too high to make building new apartments for very poor people economically viable. Read more.

“Since the 1930s, the government has subsidized housing for low-income households. But the various forms of such subsidized housing have all run into trouble of one kind or another.”

Howard Husock, Manhattan Institute vice president, research and publications

Featured Event

Alternate Visions: Bold Proposals for Housing New Yorkers
Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm
Museum of The City of New York

Learn about five distinct proposals from thought leaders and activists trying to reframe our current approach to housing — featuring Howard Husock, Vice President for Research and Publications at the Manhattan Institute. Tickets are $15 and up.

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

There Go the Neighborhoods By Heather Mac Donald (July 2, 2008)

“Even million-dollar housing vouchers bring crime to the suburbs.”

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