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.
Nonprofit organization, Citizens Housing & Planning Council has put together a compelling interactive map that explored demographic changes by neighborhood throughout the five boroughs between 2000 and 2010. The map shows the movement of 14 groups of population, defined by variables like race, age and income.
In a report published by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council the number of New York City upper-class white singles and lower-income Hispanics are booming while the population of affluent blacks are declining.
The number of New York City upper-class white singles and lower -income Hispanics are booming while its population of affluent blacks is declining
That’s according to a report by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, a group that deals with neighborhood and housing issues.
What are we going to do about protecting, maintaining and growing the black middle-class homeowner? These neighborhoods in Queens have been big drivers of prosperity for African-Americans,” said Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council.
Ms. Perine was discussing the results of the study titled “Making Neighborhoods” undertaken by her organization showing the shrinkage of the black middle class between 2000 and 2010.
“Both crime and poverty have remained high, and Brownsville has for years been the focus of nonprofit organizations and city agencies, though not always for the better. One-quarter of the rental stock in Brownsville is public housing, according to New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.
Experts said that has helped concentrate poverty without adequate services, including schools, businesses and social-welfare agencies. “It’s taken the bad end of government policies for 50 years,” said Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the nonprofit Citizens Housing and Planning Council.“
In a recent interview, our Deputy Director Sarah Watson stressed the need for city planners to be more creative in designing living space for single and legal shared housing. “There is a very fixed idea of what an apartment needs to be. Who you expect to live in the unit will affect the design,” she said.
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.