30 Issues: Low-Income Housing

Monday, October 21, 2013

Jackson Houses in the Bronx, public housing, NYCHA Jackson Houses in the Bronx. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

It's Housing and Urban Development Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Ralph da Costa Nunez, President and CEO of the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, discusses the low-income housing policies of the NYC mayoral candidates.


Ralph da Costa Nunez

Comments [13]

kikakiki26 from Wall street/harlem

First let's define "affordable" housing, second let's tie some rent increases to the cost of living. when social security gets a 1% raise and the landlord gets 3% is there any surprise the homeless numbers are rising. $1300 is not affordable on the salary of the average hotel worker, or fast food worker or home attendant or any number of employees who make $10-$15 an hour do the math a singer person at $15 an hour working a 40 hour week is only $2400 a month Before taxes. a monthly metrocard is over $100.

Oct. 21 2013 02:01 PM

@Sue - They are planning "micro apartments" but again many of those apartments will be unaffordable. The median rent of those apartments will be around $1300 a month.

@jgarbuz - The problem with tall buildings is that they are more expensive to build and maintain.

Oct. 21 2013 11:16 AM
ivan obregon from nyc

Thank you so much for bringing attention to an issue the rest of the media and political establishment callously ignores.....even if the most important issue to most New Yorkers: Surviving unaffordable housing (rents, mortgages, and for non-landlord management companies, property taxes), the profits of the real estate industry, and the federal and state government's abandonment of homelessness to the petty rancor and well-endowed privileges of the....heartless.

Oct. 21 2013 11:13 AM
DogOfTears from NYC

Your caller's assertion that the problem in NYC is overly-aggressive enforcement of code violations is ludicrous, and shouldn't be accepted with no challenge.

We've all seen the stories, year after year, about whole buildings with no heat, water damage, etc etc.

I don't think the grand problem is whether a room is painted the same color, and I challenge people to come up with data to back up that claim.
I don't think it would be hard to find long lists of un-repaired substantial violations - that's what the issue, not "persecuted landlords"

Oct. 21 2013 11:05 AM

The City is the largest slumlord.

Oct. 21 2013 11:05 AM
Sue from Uptown

In the 70s/80s, we got rid of the SROs where poor folks (they were called "bums" then) could flop for cheap, and we emptied out the mental institutions (but didn't provide any real alternative), and all of these people were left with nowhere (and no means) to live. That's what we're dealing with now.

How about we build micro-apartments/micro-hotel rooms that are inexpensive to replace the SROs? And let's take care of our mentally ill, PLEASE -- maybe then we won't have to hear about a guy attacking people with a scissor in the park.

Oct. 21 2013 11:03 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The answer is simply to let builders build taller skyscrapers. We cannot produce more land, and so housing has to get taller. I agree that long term section 8 housing vouchers should only go to those who are disabled and aged, and have no prospects for getting any kind of employment.

Oct. 21 2013 11:03 AM

"we're going to create a Hamptons On The Hudson"???



Oct. 21 2013 11:01 AM

The part that's missing from this discussion is affordability. The reason why the working homeless lose their homes is due to the fact that their salaries can no longer pay for the rent.

Oct. 21 2013 11:00 AM
Clif from Manhattan

I think we should create more un-affordable housing. If people aren't willing to be corrupt and amoral then they deserve the crappy stuff they get. It's all about the money. The means justifies then ends right?

Oct. 21 2013 10:56 AM
RJ from prospect hts

What about involving people in homeless facilities in creating their own housing? Work with construction unions to create apprenticeships (jobs/poverty) on public land--rather than "partnering" with private developers so they can make profits from city-owned property?

Oct. 21 2013 10:55 AM
paulb from Brooklyn

No new low-income housing in NYC! We already have a million residents living in it. Stop the abuse of this privilege by the residents now in those apartments.

Oct. 21 2013 10:55 AM

Oh it's no problem...I simply sleep on a friends sofa for two weeks out of the month and rent my "apartment" to perfect strangers through AirBnB.

It helps me cover a third of the rent.

NYC is great!

Oct. 21 2013 10:53 AM

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