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.
The Citizens Housing & Planning Council launched Inside the Rent, a game that hopes to educate its players about the challenges and pitfalls of developing an apartment building in the city. Explaining the reason for developing the game Deputy Executive Director, Sarah Watson concluded, ‘educating people is the most value you can add to public housing policy.’
The game “Inside the Rent,” aimed at educating renters of the challenges of constructing a new building in New York has been launched by Citizens Housing & Planning Council. Deputy Executive Director, Sarah Watson explained “the goal of CHPC and the game is to educate. Educating people is the most value you can add to public housing policy.”
NY City Officials Join Monadnock Development & Partners to Begin Stacking Modules for First Micro-Apartments
“With an innovative collaboration between NYCHPD, an outstanding development team and a city eager for new ideas this building will begin a new era in a diversified housing market.” Executive Director of Citizens Housing & Planning Council, Jerilyn Perine speaking yesterday at the stacking of the first modules of the micro unit builiding in Carmel Place.
De Blasio Administration Unveils NextGeneration NYCHA: A Comprehensive Plan to Secure The Future of City
Commenting on the mayor’s announcement to restructure and stabilize the crisis facing NYCHA, Executive Director of Citizens Housing & Planning Council Jerilyn Perine stated “It is never easy, but this plan gives public housing the best chance to succeed.” Ms Perine was a guest at the press conference.
Speaking at the annual New York State Association for Affordable Housing Conference on Wednesday, policy analyst at Citizens Housing and Planning Council Daniel Parcerisas gave the benefits of overhauling the private activity bond allocation process. “Our research shows that multifamily housing makes for the best use of private activity bonds”, he said, citing the report “Pump Up The Volume” which was put out by the organization
New York’s housing regulations, designed to prohibit the construction of apartments smaller than 37 square meters were waived for the construction of a micro housing apartment building. The building will be ready for occupancy in the fall. “The regulation does not correspond to the needs of the people today,” says Sarah Watson, deputy director of the Citizens Housing & Planing Council.
At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, workers are busy putting together the finishing touches on the micro-apartments former Mayor Mike Bloomberg waived zoning regulations to have constructed. Speaking on the issue, Sarah Watson, Citizens Housing & Planning Council Deputy Director noted “the regulation does not correspond to the needs of people today. Supply mismatches demand.”
“It is hard to estimate exactly how many [illegal] basements can be conversed to meet the official standards because it very much depends on the design of the house, size, and structure of the basements,” said Sarah Watson, Deputy Director at Citizens Housing & Planning Council.
Watson outlined the regulatory barriers that impede the development of smaller, denser units: complicated building codes, confusing density regulations, and challenging procedural requirements to add an accessory dwelling units, including high permit costs and long-waiting time. “Local regulations in singe-family residential areas are designed to prevent the creation of any additional dwelling units,” Brown said.
The newly proposed union-friendly legislation to give a prevailing wage to construction workers on projects getting ‘discretionary’ assistance has been garnering much discussion. According to Jerilyn Perine, Executive Director of Citizens Housing & Planning Council “You can’t just keep the subsidy the same and think you’re going to get the same -and make the costs higher. that sort of mathematical equation doesn’t work.”
Commenting on legislation proposed on prevailing wages for construction projects that receive public benefits, Citizens Housing & Planning Council Executive Director Jerilyn Perine noted “the government would have to commit to providing more subsidy or accept that fewer apartments would be built.”
Citizens Housing & Planning Council was mentioned as a participant in the planning and implementation of the Jamaica Now Action Plan which seeks to revitalize the Jamaica neighborhood.
Department of City Planning official uses Citizens Housing and Planning Council Zoning study in explaining the changes they are seeking to help increase the city’s affordable housing stock.