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.

Linking a City Housing Authority’s Money Woes and a Jacobs Complaint

By Julia Vitullo-Martin, Special to the Sun, September 13, 2007

“The retail question is huge,” the executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, Jerilyn Perine, a longtime supporter of public housing, said. “NYCHA is still being driven by the bad architectural concepts of the 1960s.” As the city’s housing commissioner in the first Bloomberg administration, Ms. Perine encouraged NYCHA to include retail in its new developments. “I couldn’t get them to budge,” she said. “On 5th Street and Avenue C they were designing a project to obliterate the retail strip. They said, ‘The federal government won’t pay for retail, so we won’t design it that way.'”

The Housing Problem: New Ideas For Progress

By Jerilyn Perine, City Limits Weekly #588. May 21, 2007

The city has got to increase the supply of affordable housing, in addition to rethinking the suppliers and the market itself, says a policy expert.

Radio Interview with Jerilyn Perine in New Orleans

Radio interview about the housing issues facing the Gulf Coast and how New York’s experiences could help them rebuild their regions.

An ‘Act’ That Means Action: Housing Bill Requires Repairs

By Jillian Jonas, City Limits Weekly #583, April 16, 2007

The problem is due in part to the structure of HPD’s enforcement process. In the early 1970s, the city’s administrative code was altered to “combine all matters of enforcement in front of one court – housing court,” according to Harold Shultz, senior fellow at the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, who has served as both deputy commissioner and general counsel at HPD. This model had worked “reasonably well in other places … but also prohibited [HPD] from creating a tribunal” of any kind, Shultz said.

The Battle of Starrett City

by Nicholas Jahr, The Brooklyn Rail, April 2007

“The real issue,” says Howard Shultz of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC), “is if going forward you intend to… have private developers… If you don’t keep the promises you made in the past, people today will have no reason to believe the promises you make today. And thus will possibly not participate.” Nonetheless, CHPC also supports requiring all Mitchell-Lama housing to be placed under rent stabilization to maintain affordability when owners opt out, and recommends lifting the cap on returns to give developers an incentive to stay in (a measure all advocates embrace).

Groups Hear Politics Talking When City Cites Code Violations

By Janny Scott, New York Times, February 16, 2007

“Code enforcement is basically a violation-writing machine,” said Jerilyn Perine, a former housing commissioner who is now executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, a policy group. “What gets done with those violations — and what they really mean — is a whole different thing.”

Cause For Distress

Carl Vogel and Cassi Feldman, Center for an Urban Future, February 2007

“HPD has found that auction sales are not a good way to promote long-term affordable housing,” wrote agency counsel Harold Shultz in a letter to HUD. “Those willing to pay the maximum price at an auction sale will have the least resources available for rehabilitation.”

Planning Groups Say Region Must Rethink Policies on Land Use

By Janny Scott, New York Times, August 9, 2006

The report, by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and the Regional Plan Association, said the region needed to reduce its reliance on suburban single-family homes and begin promoting two-family houses, garage apartments and the redevelopment of cities like Newark, Bridgeport and Yonkers as future sources of housing, among other steps.

Opinion: Hope and Housing

New York Times, September 17, 2006

A report in July by two nonprofit groups, the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and the Regional Plan Association, offers a big-picture dissection of the housing crisis that can leave a reader feeling not overwhelmed, but hopeful.

The New York High Line: An Urban Model, Or Not?

Fora.tv, December 10 2010

Wednesday night at CUNY’s Graduate Center, a packed room listened to four influential people discuss whether the development of the High Line can or should be considered an exemplary or replicable model for the intersection of public and private interests in the development of a public amenity. The panel assembled for “The New York High Line: Is it a Model for the City or Not?” was comprised of a writer, the New Yorker‘s Malcolm Gladwell, one of the visionaries behind the project, Friends of the High Line‘s co-founder and president Robert Hammond, a leading expert on affordable housing and community development, the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Council‘s Jerilyn Perine, and a political scientist, CUNY’s own John Mollenkopf.

New York High Line: An Urban Model, Or Not? – CUNY Graduate Center

Fora.tv, December 8 2010

Robert Hammond, Malcolm Gladwell, Jerilyn Perine and John Mollenkopf discuss the Highline, the impact on New York and the wider flow on effect in broader terms. A great discussion that also looks at other examples around New York, USA and the world that have had a similar effect.  the video is worth the full 1 hour 26 mins to listen to people from varying backgrounds discuss the Highline one of the most talked about landscape architecture and urban design projects in the world.

The High Line: Model for a City or Not?

December 10th 2010.

Wednesday night at CUNY’s Graduate Center, a packed room listened to four influential people discuss whether the development of the High Line can or should be considered an exemplary or replicable model for the intersection of public and private interests in the development of a public amenity. The panel assembled for “The New York High Line: Is it a Model for the City or Not?” was comprised of a writer, the New Yorker‘s Malcolm Gladwell, one of the visionaries behind the project, Friends of the High Line‘s co-founder and president Robert Hammond, a leading expert on affordable housing and community development, the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Council’s Jerilyn Perine, and a political scientist, CUNY’s own John Mollenkopf.