Publications & Media
Our work is only as good as the audience it influences.
Since 1937, CHPC’s publications have conveyed the results of our research and analysis; always remaining clear and straightforward with an emphasis on practical public policy recommendations. Our public testimony delivers our work directly to government agencies. And our presence in the media ensures that we have a prominent voice in the debates on the major housing and planning issues in New York City.
You can keep track of all of our latest publications and testimony here, and also see all of our recent media mentions.
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New Report: Pump Up the Volume
PUMP UP THE VOLUME: Recommendations to Improve the Allocation of Private Activity Bonds to Better Support Housing in New York State
Over 49,000 units of affordable housing have been created in New York City using tax-exempt private activity bonds (PABs) in the past nine years, and this resource will continue to be an important component for Mayor De Blasio’s Housing Plan to be a success.
However, while information on other City, State and Federal housing resources is readily available, there has been limited publicly available information on the allocation, demand and use of PABs in New York State.
The …Read more
Making Sense of Term Sheets
HPD and HDC recently released new term sheets outlining their new housing programs. The term sheets reflect the administration’s housing policy goals, such as broadening the range of incomes served through affordable housing programs and increasing the number of units that are set aside for homeless households. There is also a strong focus on cost containment and reducing the amount of subsidy per unit in order to stretch existing resources, as well as encouraging more competition among developers.
CHPC has prepared a summary of the new term sheets which allows users to view their main characteristics side by side and …Read more
On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, CHPC launched its Making Neighborhoods project, which follows change across the city by putting people at the center of analysis. Our work measures and visualizes the movements of groups of New Yorkers who share demographic characteristics.
The project uses cluster analysis methodology–common in economic or marketing studies–to identify 14 distinct demographic groups, or “population clusters,” in 2000 and follow their locations in 2010. By comparing the two years, we can see which population types grew in number or geographic size, or moved into …Read more
All Green Buildings Great and Small
TEN RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE INDUSTRY FOR THE INDUSTRY
By Ilene Popkin, Senior Fellow
Over the last year, we have conducted a wide-ranging industry study looking at the efficacy of the current energy efficiency programs for New York City’s rental housing stock.
CHPC’s Green Building Committee – comprising industry leaders in architecture, development, planning, finance, and engineering – agreed that there are many good programs and talented practitioners with substantial technical expertise working to make greener and more sustainable housing stock a reality. But they shared a concern that owners of small to mid-size buildings (5-49 units) were failing to …Read more
The Building Envelope Conundrum
The de Blasio administration’s newly announced Housing New York plan has set many ambitious goals for the development of new housing in the city – and has acknowledged that extra floor area for residential construction will be necessary.
CHPC’s board members are on the front lines of developing affordable housing. As such, they provide valuable insights into how the city can construct more housing, and improve its design and quality.
Recently, some of our board members had begun to raise an issue they had been experiencing that was constraining residential development. The rules that define the building envelope within contextual …Read more
Left in the Wake: Sandy’s Effects on NYC Neighborhoods
Left in the Wake: Sandy’s Effects on New York City Neighborhoods
by Neil Reilly, CHPC Policy Analyst
Eighteen months after Superstorm Sandy most small homeowners are still waiting for assistance repairing or rebuilding their homes. Houses stand vacant—whether partially renovated or abandoned—as the New York City government struggles to get its recovery program in motion. As reflected in the testimony of residents before a recent City Council oversight hearing, the lack of help to rebuild their homes is destroying families, job opportunities, and once-thriving neighborhoods.
A New Dorp Beach house abandoned mid-repair. Photo: CHPC/Neil Reilly
To better examine the …Read more
CHPC Testifies at City Council Hearing on Sandy Recovery
CHPC Policy Analyst Neil Reilly testified Monday, March 31, at a New York City Council oversight hearing on the City’s Build it Back program. He presented research that CHPC has undertaken regarding the ongoing effects of Sandy on housing citywide–namely the increased rates of foreclosure filings and sales of homes at prices well below the median of their borough. He also listed a series of policy reforms that CHPC believes will help return residents to their homes and rebuild affected neighborhoods.
Council Member Mark Treyger, who represents parts of southern Brooklyn hit hard by the storm, including Coney Island, convened …Read more
Steering the New Course: policy ideas for the new administration
STEERING THE NEW COURSE:
CHPC’s Ideas for Housing and Land Use Policy in New York City
With so much political change in New York this year, we felt that it was important to set out our suggestions and priorities for housing and land use policy based on all of CHPC’s work over recent years. We always aim to be a resource for decision-makers inside and outside of government – to help them to understand NYC’s most pressing housing and neighborhood issues, think through the real impact of policy on the three-dimensional built environment, and map out realistic policy steps for …Read more
Creating Aspirational Communities
Last fall, Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) convened eleven experts on homeless policy, supportive housing, and community development for a roundtable discussion around Creating the Aspirational Community.
The goal was to engage in an open and meaningful conversation about how to more effectively help the homeless and those facing homelessness as New York City approaches new records in its shelter population.
Over the past 30 years, the number of homeless individuals in New York City has increased almost five-fold from approximately 7,500 in 1982 to over 36,000 in 2011. Families have experienced this increase even more acutely. In …Read more
CHPC Testifies in Favor of Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment
On Monday, September 30th, CHPC testified in favor of the Department of City Planning’s proposed Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment before the City Council Land Use Committee’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises. You can read our full testimony here:
CHPC has been committed to collaboratively working with the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the CHPC Board has provided advice and recommendations concerning the regulatory changes needed to facilitate flood-resilient post-disaster reconstruction and planning. One important part of this work has been the Department of City Planning’s efforts to revise the zoning provisions applicable within flood zones so …Read more