In the Media

CHPC’s expertise has been valued for over 70 years and our non-partisan analysis and opinion features widely in the media. You can read all of our latest press mentions here.

February 7, 2018 - by Vivienne Davis - 

Espinal’s Basement Apartment Initiative Gains Budget Traction

The Mayor's preliminary budget in getting the city to pivot on a long-standing building regulation, to retrofit basements to provide safe, legal and rentable dwellings. The Citizens Housing and Planning Council, is also pushing to legalize basement rentals as a means to add more affordable housing.  Last February, the organization introduced an extensive study detailing the benefits of legalizing basement apartments.   Executive Director Jessica Katz, said that her organization is very pleased with this development. "Basement apartments are an untapped resource in NYC’s tight rental market, and New Yorkers are living in them whether we like it or not, so it is of critical importance to find a way to make basements livable and safe." READ MORE

February 2, 2018 - by Vivienne Davis - 

In a housing-starved city DeBlasio looks to unlock basement potential

With the continued  search for new housing in New York City, the mayor unveiled an experimental program in East New York, Brooklyn to legalize basements. A  report published last year from CHPC concluded that there are approximately 38,000 apartments that could be legalized without any changes to the zoning resolution. READ MORE

 - by Vivienne Davis - 

Basement apartments in East NY may be legalized with $5.7M in de Blasio’s budget proposal

Mayor DeBlasio's recently released preliminary budget includes $5.7 million for  a pilot program in East New York to legalize basement apartments. A study released by CHPC in 2017 entitled Hidden Housing: Basement Apartments, found that there are between 10,000 to 38,000 potential apartments citywide. In an interview CHPC's Executive Director Jessica Katz stated, "It is our hope that this pilot better understands the barriers for homeowners who want to convert their basement into legal apartments. It should focus on simplifying that process for individual homeowners.” READ MORE

December 8, 2017 - by Vivienne Davis - 

Fixing the Housing Authority in New York

Executive Director of CHPC  Jerilyn Perine and  Rafael Cestero former Commissioner of  New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development responds to the Times Editorial "New York City Has Been a Problem Landlord."   READ MORE

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Making Room Exhibition

Opening on November 18th 2017, Making Room: Housing for a Changing America is an exhibition organized with the National Building Museum in Washington DC in partnership with Resource Furniture and Clei.

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