Affordable Housing in NYC

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Bloomberg Administration is still working toward its goal of preserving or producing 165,000 units of affordable housing. Rafael Cestero, commissioner from the department of Housing Preservation and Development, discusses the state of affordable housing and halted development in the city and talks about the recent ruling on Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village.

Help pin point stalled construction or vacant condos on the Halted Development map.


Rafael Cestero

Comments [24]

David from HK

I have the exact same story as Melissa - lucky to be picked for a lottery, got through the labyrinthine process - then despite being able to do a 25% deposit, as a freelancer I couldn't secure an affordable mortgage. I am literally about to leave in five minutes to return all the offering paperwork.

Apr. 28 2010 11:25 AM
David from US

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Apr. 25 2010 07:43 AM
harriet Shorr from Manhattan/Soho Loft tenant

Listening to your guest discuss affordable housing I noticed how many times he said "going forward"-at least a dozen. These two words are now spoken everywhere-Perhaps it started with Obama, but it makes me wonder where we are going -Forward to what and how-?
"Forward to the edge of the cliff "? "Forward with blinders on?" I would like to see us going forward toward economic justice.

Nov. 24 2009 10:53 AM
sharon from brooklyn

The cabbie who called in should look into incorporating himself. That should solve the problem.

Nov. 24 2009 10:52 AM
jane from Brooklyn

I would like to see real "affordable housing." The words seem to be much easier to say than producing true options for people.

Nov. 24 2009 10:51 AM
Susan from Kingston

Garbage, garbage, garbage! Does this guy think we are all of bunch of fools?

Nov. 24 2009 10:50 AM
Paul from Manhattan

Great conversation. But somebody should tell Brian and his guest that "enormity" doesn't mean the same thing as "enormousness" before they say it a dozen more times.

Nov. 24 2009 10:49 AM
hjs from 11211

Jgarbuz 3
what are the rules for ethnic cleansing anyway?

Nov. 24 2009 10:48 AM
Susan from Kingston

If affordable housing is so important, why is the Bloomberg Administration rezoning more and more areas for luxury housing and development? This guy is clearly lying!

Nov. 24 2009 10:46 AM
tF from 10075

What's wrong with having a city with just very rich people? (and some others to clean up after us)

Nov. 24 2009 10:46 AM
Zach from UWS

I worry that preserving ultra-low rents for people who have lived in New York for decades comes at the expense of just-as-needy newer arrivals. Most of the young 20-somethings I know pay in excess of 50% of their income for rent. Yet I know plenty of 6-figure earners who pay around $400 - $600 a month on the Upper West Side! Must someone be grandfathered into a lease in order to get an affordable apartment?

Nov. 24 2009 10:44 AM

Just to add to the previos comment. Housing SHOULD be affordable. It's ridiculous that we allow a system that encourages ONLY 20% affordable housing, rather that encouraging all housing to be affordable.

Nov. 24 2009 10:44 AM
Susan from Kingston

A lot of existing affordable housing is being demolished in Brooklyn for luxury housing. Why doesn't HPD get involved in saving these properties? A lot of Greenpoint and Williamsburg had affordable housing until the rezoning of that area.

Nov. 24 2009 10:43 AM
David from NYC

Your guest keeps saying housing for "families" what about individuals. Is there not an unfair advantage given to families?

Nov. 24 2009 10:43 AM
eastvillage from union sq

The problem is the economic measurements for affordable housing in NYC are incommensurate with incomes a person needs to just live here. Either you are really poor or really wealthy to get most of these affordable units. If you are middle class, you have no hope.

Nov. 24 2009 10:41 AM
jane from Brooklyn

I have participated in the affordable housing lotteries for years now and the requirements are incredibly narrow and obviously rigged so that it is nearly impossible to be qualified. It seems to be a backdoor way of not really offering "affordable housing."

Nov. 24 2009 10:41 AM
Chuck from Brooklyn

Affordable to who? What about the people that work and make 60-80,000 a year? In order to get a decent apartment in the city I would have to be poor.

I'm tired of my taxes paying for poor people to live in better housing than I can afford. Take a look at the new high rises on the waterfront of Williamsburg, you have to make less than 35,000.

Nov. 24 2009 10:41 AM

Affordable housing is a term that's used all the time. The question is: What does "affordable" mean? I live in Greenpoint, and there has been much debate about the conversion of the Domino sugar factory (in Williamsburg) to condos. The company that wanted to do the re-development called condos affordable for up to incomes of ninety thousand dollars as they presented to the community board. They patted themselves on the back for 20% "affordable" housing. Are they serious? There were only a few (of the 20% they had to alot) that were for folks with incomes under 30-40K. Buildings are typically more affordable before they are turned into expensive condos. There should be regulations, rather than tax breaks for these corporations.
Thank you

Nov. 24 2009 10:40 AM
jen from manhattan

I live in STPCV and have for 15 years. (I now live in a market rate apt.) The special thing about the rent stabilized apartments here was that they were not necessarily low-income. It was a very middle-class crowd here and I am not sure if the income limits being discussed reflect the middle-class income. For example, a firefighter and teacher living together might have been a typical family, but would not be considered low-income. I wonder if they fit within the definition of the income limits in the affordable housing plan being proposed.

Nov. 24 2009 10:39 AM
Richard Johnston from Upper West Side

How does the mayor's commitment to eliminating rent regulation increase the stock of affordable housing?

Nov. 24 2009 10:38 AM
Robert from NYC

As far as the apartments listed for rent on the website you post I checked the Bronx where thousands of units have been built over the past 5 or 6 years and the minimum income for application to these apartments is in the lower to mid $20Ks. What are people on lower income supposed to do? Are they not qualified for these apartments? Granted the rents look more or less fair even to me, Mr Socialist, but the apartments aren't even open to lower than the incomes listed above.

Nov. 24 2009 10:37 AM
Jgarbuz from Queens, NY

It's amazing how people can lose their homes or be forced to move in New York under the power of eminent domain, but if Israel does the same thing in Jerusalem, it becomes a cause celebre of international proportions.

Nov. 24 2009 10:34 AM
Tony from Santa Clara, CA

In another state, Kelo vs New London. Well, Pfizer decided to close down the place and lay off people:

Nov. 24 2009 10:29 AM
NeitherHereNorThere from Manahattan

I've always wondered why the retail & business sector have not been more active in the debate over the high cost of housing in New York. With such a high percentage of New Yorkers salaries going to rent (as most studies show), that is all money that is not being dispersed to other businesses.

Nov. 24 2009 10:14 AM

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