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.
Executive Director, Jerilyn Perine was a panelist at the recently held Crain’s NYC Housing Summit. She addressed the issue of creating more housing such as basement apartments legalization and allowing buildings with small sized apartments.
Executive Director Jerilyn Perine at a panel discussion spoke of the need for legalizing basements in small homes, “We speak about building bigger…but don’t speak about creating a path for legalizing basements in small homes. Anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 that could be put into the marketplace.”
Speaking at the Crain’s NYC Summit on Housing, Executive Director Jerilyn Perine discussed the idea of allowing the 50,000 to 100,000 basement apartments in the city to legally enter the marketplace.
The population of New York City topped 8.5 million for the first time this year. Nearly 50 percent of the residents are single, however studios, the ideal housing for single residents make up only 7 percent of the housing stock.
Speaking on the feasibility of micro units, deputy director of Citizens Housing & Planning Council Sarah Watson said, “people are spending $1,800 per month renting a room that’s 10-by-10 and living with strangers that they meet on Craigslist.”
Congratulations to our Board Chairman Richard Roberts who have been appointed to the Board of the Community Preservation Corporation!
Jerilyn Perine, a former HPD commissioner, tells City Limits in an email that a litany of challenges can make what looks like an obvious housing site into a costly if not impractical location. For a piece of land to work for housing, she says, “it has to not have very strange site conditions. The Bronx for example is famous for rock outcroppings and extreme contours that can make building infeasible.”
Perine, now the executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, continued: “The zoning has to be right, and you can’t just spot-zone for a small parcel out of context. The location has to work for housing (avoiding proximity to highways, noise problems, industrial adjacencies etc). Ownership has to be correct and undisputed: Just because something is on a list as city owned doesn’t mean there isn’t a title dispute that is ongoing or some other litigation. Everything has to be checked carefully.”
Since Mayor Koch, New York City mayors bold enough to commit to a housing plan each have been subject to the criticism that their plan didn’t create or renovate enough housing, didn’t do it fast enough, didn’t reach the right populations (not enough for our poorest residents, not enough for the middle class), and that it negatively affected our existing neighborhoods with inappropriate scale, different building typologies, and unwelcome changes to the demographic makeup of the community. Read the entire article by our Executive Director Jerilyn Perine.
New affordable buildings are offering subsidized units for families of four making up to $172k with critics stating that this does not qualify as ‘meaningful affordability’. Executive Director of Citizens Housing and Planning Council, Jerilyn Perine stated “I wouldn’t say that on the face of it that is necessarily a bad idea, the need at every income band is so great.”
Executive Director of CHPC Jerilyn Perine responding to the Governor’s remark for more state control over the financing of affordable housing, says that the organizations’ report, Pump up the Volume calls for more conversation and information be made public on housing agency websites.
Commenting on the soon to be expiring 421-a tax exemption program, Executive Director of Citizens Housing and Planning Council Jerilyn Perine noted, “an end to the 421-a program would make affordable housing very expensive to build. If you want to continue the current production level the gap is going to have to be closed in some other way.”
The 421-a program is set to expire on Friday, unless construction unions and real estate developers agree on the future wages to be paid on projects receiving the subsidy. In an interview, Citizens Housing and Planning Council Executive Director Jerilyn Perine noted “Without 421-a it’ll cost the government more money to provide the affordable units the’re promising. The two sides need to step back from the cliff and start focusing on how to solve the problems facing us.”