Housing

Protestors at the Rent guidelines Board meeting held June 29 at Cooper Union (Photo by Aaron J. Montes for Voices of NY)

The Rent Freeze and What It Means

Featured Posts, Housing, New York, Video July 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm

A rent freeze may help, but for the majority of tenants in New York City’s rent-stabilized units, housing costs remain burdensome.

Build It Back Director Amy Peterson, third from left, gives an overview of the current status of the Breezy Point and Rockaway rebuilds at a rebuilt home on 24 Graham Avenue. (Photo by Mark C. Healey via The Wave)

Build It Back: Finally, Some Progress

Housing, Queens June 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm

The Build It Back program finally seems to be making progress, reports The Wave.

he rent stabilization laws that benefit some two million tenants will expire on June 15. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Rent-Stabilized Apartments at Risk

Housing, New York June 11, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Tenants are worried as nearly 100,000 housing units in the five boroughs are about to be deregulated, El Diario reports.

Attendees call for more affordable housing as MinKwon Center’s Grace Shim, at microphone, speaks against any displacement of existing residents due to the proposed Flushing West project. A meeting was held May 21 at Flushing Town Hall.

Flushing Residents Speak Up About Waterfront Project

Business, Housing, Queens May 29, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Concerned and skeptical Flushing residents raised questions about a waterfront rezoning plan at a recent city planning meeting, reports Queens Chronicle.

Mayor de Blasio and NYCHA chair Shola Olatoye unveil NextGeneration NYCHA. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office via City Limits)

Planning on What’s Next for NYCHA

Housing, New York May 20, 2015 at 5:18 pm

City politicians and tenant leaders assess the 10-year plan to turn NYCHA’s finances around, City Limits reports.

Participants met at Foley Square and marched to the Brooklyn Bridge. (Photo by Víctor Matos via El Diario)

Tenants March In Support of Rent Control Renewal

Government, Housing, New York May 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Around 3,000 people participated on Thursday in a demonstration to put pressure on Albany to improve affordable housing laws, El Diario reports.

East New York (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Rezoning Plans Bring Hope, Worry To East New York

Brooklyn, Housing May 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Hundreds of residents demand more affordable housing in East New York before rezoning plans are unveiled, El Diario reports.

Ulysses S. Grant Houses in Morningside Heights (Photo by Alexander Rabb, Creative Commons license)

NYCHA Tenants: How Strong a Voice?

Housing, New York May 7, 2015 at 4:23 pm

City Limits assesses NYCHA tenant associations and their prospects for civic engagement.

Carmen 'Julie' Mercado spoke to reporters on April 9. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

Latina Takes the Helm at Fort Independence Houses

Bronx, Education, Housing, Latino April 16, 2015 at 5:53 pm

The election of Carmen “Julie” Mercado as president of the Fort Independence Houses Tenants’ Association makes her the first leader of Hispanic background at the Bronx housing development, reports The Riverdale Press.

Jared Wellington was one of 100 kids at Red Hook Houses who learned to take photos. (Photo via The Brooklyn Paper)

Kids in NYCHA Snap Photos for New Book

Brooklyn, Culture, Housing, Youth April 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

A photography project that put cameras in the hands of public housing residents, most of them young people, has culminated in the upcoming release of “Project Lives,” reports The Brooklyn Paper.

South Bronx – the Next Frontier for Tech Startups?

South Bronx – the Next Frontier for Tech Startups?

Bronx, Culture, Housing, Manhattan, Technology, Video, Women March 23, 2015 at 11:35 am

This week’s “Independent Sources”: Tech startups head to Port Morris and hire locals; yoga as therapy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse; and an East Harlem school building turned affordable housing unit for low-income artists.

New York City Housing Authority Chairwoman Shola Olatoye addresses about 400 tenants at the March 17 meeting. (Photo by María Villaseñor/NYCity Photo Wire.)

NYCHA Tenants Pack Brownsville Church to Demand Repairs

Residents met with NYCHA chairwoman Shola Olatoye March 17 to complain about mold, lack of heat and hot water, and other unaddressed problems in the city’s public housing units.

The smoked meats counter at Morscher's Pork Store. (Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya via Brooklyn Based)

Checking out Sleepy Ridgewood

Brooklyn, Food, Housing, Queens March 13, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Brooklyn Based offers a neighborhood guide to Ridgewood, which straddles Brooklyn and Queens.

Franklin Ave. Armory in the Bronx, currently used as a women's shelter. (Photo by Matt Green, Creative Commons license)

Getting the Homeless into Housing

Housing, New York March 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Ever so gradually, the homeless shelter population is declining in NYC, and advocates see some hope for further declines thanks to new policies implemented by Mayor Bill de Blasio, reports City Limits. But there are still concerns.

Bedford-Stuyvesant, the Gentrification Frontier

Bedford-Stuyvesant, the Gentrification Frontier

Black, Brooklyn, Business, Housing, Video February 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

The Feb. 25 episode of “Independent Sources” is dedicated to Bedford Stuyvesant, which reported the largest percentage increase of whites in the city between 2000 and 2010. What is driving the arrival of the newcomers? How are the changes affecting longtime Black residents?