Affordable Housing


Platform ︎

  1. The pandemic has created an unprecedented housing crisis. We need to help pandemic-affected neighbors satisfy overdue rents . We begin by cancelling or adjusting rent for tenants–prioritizing low income, vulnerable, working class , and middle-class residents. Create relief programs, including forgiveness of mortgage payments, for small commercial-building owners, small businesses and small homeowners
  2. Expand the powers and Awareness of the One Shot Deal. Access the thresholds necessary for approval. The One shot deal is an emergency assistance program that helps people who can’t meet an expense due to an unexpected situation or event. Emergency assistance is provided for, but not limited to, the following situations
    • Homelessness
    • Eviction or dispossession
    • Utility disconnection or pending disconnection
    • Fire or natural disaster
    • Domestic violence
    • Circumstances that affect the health and safety of the individual or family
  3. Lobby the state to address & assess the impact of COVID on renters and small ownership. Work with the state legislatures to obtain grants and subsidies. Financial support that is direct to renters & owners; or, handled by viable CBOs -- in their prospective districts.
  4. Deemphasize the use of AMI (Area Median Income) and investigate using a system that calculates using  the mode income sets, rather than median, of a zip code or Community Board/District. The mode calculation presents incomes that occur frequently.
  5. Continue fighting deed theft and improper use of TPT (Third Party Transfer)
    • Continue to use TPT to protect renters from absentee and inept landlords
    • Ensure that TPT is used in its original purpose, which is to create affordable housing from cash strapped buildings. Ensure that buildings are transferred to non profit’s with a track record of creating truly affordable housing.
    • Re-examination of the 80/20 affordable housing opt-in and discuss expanding the twenty percent to forty percent. In terms of buildings being turned over to for-profit developers, ensure that there is a 40% commitment clause to create affordable housing units within new buildings based on a metric outside AMI. Build affordable housing for middle, working class and challenged income.
  6. Call on the Mayor to make changes to or abolish the 40x/80x rule. In New York City, people pay 45% of income towards rent. (The 40/80x rule suggests prospective tenants earn 40 times the rent to be eligible for an apartment, guarantors must earn 80 times the rent)
  7. Make a city-wide program for subsidizing the creation of housing co-ops amongst lower and working class. Incentivize tenants to organize and purchase their buildings from private landlords.
  8. Call for collective tenant management of NYCHA.
  9. Continue search and sweep current legislation that can hurt small owners & renters; like Local Law 152
    • Defeat bills --  like our work to defeat this year's Fire Sprinkler Bill & galvanized community support -- that hurt small owners & renters.
    • Create a task force to investigate the unsolved repairs and issues highlighted within Jumaane Williams 100 worst landlord list.
  10. End homelessness. In District 36, 1 out of 5 students has experienced homelessness in the last five years. The majority of homeless in Brooklyn are families with children between the ages of 0-5. We need to rethink eligibility for families applying for shelter, Easing the requirements needed for  families seeking refuge. Facing an unprecedented evictions crisis, call for the creation of more emergency shelters in vacant or underused hotels and office buildings. If we are moving towards a work from home standard for office jobs, lots of spaces should be available for housing.

Actions ︎

  • Petitioned and testified against an opportunistic developers in the district, to save the Hebron School, in North Crown Heights
  • Protested against COVID eviction at the Brooklyn Housing Court, supporting  the Crown Heights Tenants Union and the Legal Aid Society
  • Teamed up with a legal aid society lawyer to create “Know Your Rights: Evictions” fliers to distribute in  the district. We focused on the buildings owned by owners  listed in the top ten of Jumaane Williams 2019 100 worst landlord list.
  • Organizing  community forums , put forth amendments, and provided testimony at a City Council hearing  against Local Law 152. The team is still fighting for the additional amendments, with the passing of the extension to June 2021:
  • Create a tier system for the inspection costs, based on number gas lines
  • Proper and robust notifications from the Department of Buildings
  • Organized community forums and petitions against Intro 1146, Fire Sprinklers systems for residential and commercial buildings 40 feet or higher
  • Publicly supporting City Council Bills that assess the COVID affect on housing within the creative industries
  • Focusing on Central Brooklyn Fine Artists & Creatives

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