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.
Listen to an excerpt of an interview with Deputy Director, Sarah Watson by Aljazeera America on the growing need for micro apartments in urban areas.
If in 2064 someone were to create a museum to look at the lives of NYC immigrants in 2014, what form would it take? More likely it would resemble a basement apartment in Queens, Brooklyn or the Bronx. Based on studies by housing advocates it is believed that accessory dwelling units, mostly composed of basement apartments may house up to 500,000 New Yorkers.
A 2008 study done with Queens housing advocate Chhaya Community Development Corporation and Citizens Housing and Planning Council made a case for relaxing the outright ban on basement dwellings.
CHPC is mentioned in this month’s issue of the Real Deal alongside developers who are involved in affordable housing.
“I think that the extra density that comes with micro-apartments absolutely has to be accompanied by a revised concept about parking requirements,” Sarah Watson, Deputy Director of Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council.
Deputy Director, Sarah Watson giving her views that developers and regulators need to come up with new and innovative ideas to deal with transportation when building in high-density areas.
“Of course everybody supports affordable housing, and of course everybody supports preservation,” said Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council and a former city housing commissioner. “But that’s complicated, and it doesn’t make for big black-and-white solutions.” Our executive director commenting on the planned demolishing of the City and Suburban First Avenue Estates.
At a luncheon hosted by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, the keynote speaker, the Deputy Mayor of Housing gave a preview of the mayor’s plans for affordable housing.
“We simply cannot afford to sit idly by while middle- and low-income New Yorkers are squeezed out of the city that has prided itself on a thriving middle class,” said Alicia Glen, de Blasio’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development.
Typically covering 400 square feet or less, micro-apartments are springing up in sought after cities all over the country, including Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Austin TX. depending on the city and the size of the unit, rental rates hover around $1,000 a month. Although the popularity of micro-apartments has taken off quickly, living in such tight quarters can come with certain challenges.
But Sarah Watson, deputy director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council which is helping to pave the way for micro-apartments in New York, said changing lifestyles among the younger generation makes living in small spaces more feasible.
“Density is great, but it means more than just tall buildings,” said Jerilyn Perine of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council. With the approval of the $1.5 billion project at the old Domino sugar plant, our executive director commented on other issues that must be considered.
The American Institute of Architects selects Four Recipients for the 2014 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the recipients of the 2014 institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement which will be presented in Chicago later this year. AIANY partnering with CHPC and other organizations that assisted the public sector following hurricane Sandy is a recipient of one of the awards.
“She’s capable of being bold and a risk taker and being innovative,” said Jerilyn Perine executive director of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council.
Our Executive Director expressing her confidence in Mayor DeBlasio’s choice for Housing and Development, Alicia Glen.
Executive Director, Jerilyn Perine comments on Mayor deBlasio’s selection for Deputy Mayor for Social Services Lilliam Barrios-Paoli. The two worked together at the Housing Preservation Department.
The current housing crisis — one that is being addressed by cities worldwide, but particularly in New York — is creating a skewed market. Recent reports in the New York Daily News and The Atlantic falsely assert that living in a modern micro-apartment causes substance abuse.
Anyone familiar with the Citizens Housing and Planning Council’s (the authority on housing and demographics in New York City for more than 70 years) would know that regulations designed to prevent small-space living are now contributing to the housing shortage.
Upcoming CHPC Events
- Breakfast Panel: Private Activity Bonds in New York On 03-18-15
- 2015 Annual Luncheon On 04-29-15