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- Pump Up the Volume: Recommendations to Improve the Allocation of Private Activity Bonds to Better Support Housing in New York State
- Making Neighborhoods: Understanding New York City Transitions 2000-2010
- All Green Building Great and Small: 10 Industry Recommendations to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Our Rental Housing Stock
- Steering the New Course: Housing and Land Use Policy for New York City
- The Impact of Multifamily Foreclosures and Over-Mortgaging in Neighborhoods in New York City
- The Future of Real Estate Tax Exemptions for Affordable Housing in New York City
- Out of Sight, Out of Control
- Federal Housing Budget:Impacts on NYC
- Debt Threat: Saving Multifamily Rental Housing From Zombie Mortgages
- Prevailing Wisdom:The Potential Impact of Prevailing Wages on Affordable Housing
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Revisit: Prevailing Wage Report
As time goes on, we continue to see the increased importance of considering how prevailing wage could affect affordable housing. In 2008, CHPC released a report called Prevailing Wisdom:The Potential Impact of Prevailing Wages. It includes analysis of existing studies, applicable data sets, and incorporation of information from a small sample of affordable housing projects in NYC.
Our main conclusion is that a requirement to pay prevailing wages reduces the amount and affordability of subsidized housing, while doing little to improve the real problems faced by workers in the construction industry in general.
The report makes the following recommendations:…Read more
New Report: Pump Up the Volume
PUMP UP THE VOLUME: Recommendations to Improve the Allocation of Private Activity Bonds to Better Support Housing in New York State
Over 49,000 units of affordable housing have been created in New York City using tax-exempt private activity bonds (PABs) in the past nine years, and this resource will continue to be an important component for Mayor De Blasio’s Housing Plan to be a success.
However, while information on other City, State and Federal housing resources is readily available, there has been limited publicly available information on the allocation, demand and use of PABs in New York State.
The …Read more
Making Sense of Term Sheets
HPD and HDC recently released new term sheets outlining their new housing programs. The term sheets reflect the administration’s housing policy goals, such as broadening the range of incomes served through affordable housing programs and increasing the number of units that are set aside for homeless households. There is also a strong focus on cost containment and reducing the amount of subsidy per unit in order to stretch existing resources, as well as encouraging more competition among developers.
CHPC has prepared a summary of the new term sheets which allows users to view their main characteristics side by side and …Read more
On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, CHPC launched its Making Neighborhoods project, which follows change across the city by putting people at the center of analysis. Our work measures and visualizes the movements of groups of New Yorkers who share demographic characteristics.
The project uses cluster analysis methodology–common in economic or marketing studies–to identify 14 distinct demographic groups, or “population clusters,” in 2000 and follow their locations in 2010. By comparing the two years, we can see which population types grew in number or geographic size, or moved into …Read more
All Green Buildings Great and Small
TEN RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE INDUSTRY FOR THE INDUSTRY
By Ilene Popkin, Senior Fellow
Over the last year, we have conducted a wide-ranging industry study looking at the efficacy of the current energy efficiency programs for New York City’s rental housing stock.
CHPC’s Green Building Committee – comprising industry leaders in architecture, development, planning, finance, and engineering – agreed that there are many good programs and talented practitioners with substantial technical expertise working to make greener and more sustainable housing stock a reality. But they shared a concern that owners of small to mid-size buildings (5-49 units) were failing to …Read more
The Building Envelope Conundrum
The de Blasio administration’s newly announced Housing New York plan has set many ambitious goals for the development of new housing in the city – and has acknowledged that extra floor area for residential construction will be necessary.
CHPC’s board members are on the front lines of developing affordable housing. As such, they provide valuable insights into how the city can construct more housing, and improve its design and quality.
Recently, some of our board members had begun to raise an issue they had been experiencing that was constraining residential development. The rules that define the building envelope within contextual …Read more
Left in the Wake: Sandy’s Effects on NYC Neighborhoods
Left in the Wake: Sandy’s Effects on New York City Neighborhoods
by Neil Reilly, CHPC Policy Analyst
Eighteen months after Superstorm Sandy most small homeowners are still waiting for assistance repairing or rebuilding their homes. Houses stand vacant—whether partially renovated or abandoned—as the New York City government struggles to get its recovery program in motion. As reflected in the testimony of residents before a recent City Council oversight hearing, the lack of help to rebuild their homes is destroying families, job opportunities, and once-thriving neighborhoods.
A New Dorp Beach house abandoned mid-repair. Photo: CHPC/Neil Reilly
To better examine the …Read more
Steering the New Course: policy ideas for the new administration
STEERING THE NEW COURSE:
CHPC’s Ideas for Housing and Land Use Policy in New York City
With so much political change in New York this year, we felt that it was important to set out our suggestions and priorities for housing and land use policy based on all of CHPC’s work over recent years. We always aim to be a resource for decision-makers inside and outside of government – to help them to understand NYC’s most pressing housing and neighborhood issues, think through the real impact of policy on the three-dimensional built environment, and map out realistic policy steps for …Read more
Creating Aspirational Communities
Last fall, Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) convened eleven experts on homeless policy, supportive housing, and community development for a roundtable discussion around Creating the Aspirational Community.
The goal was to engage in an open and meaningful conversation about how to more effectively help the homeless and those facing homelessness as New York City approaches new records in its shelter population.
Over the past 30 years, the number of homeless individuals in New York City has increased almost five-fold from approximately 7,500 in 1982 to over 36,000 in 2011. Families have experienced this increase even more acutely. In …Read more
Inside Edge: the future of J-51
The New York State law that authorizes the J-51 tax incentive program expired on December 31, 2011. This ended the authority of New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to issue new benefits, and it has thus taken no J-51 applications since then.
In the past renewal of J-51 has been virtually automatic. However the current attempt at renewal has been delayed due to questions relating to the cost of the program, outdated benefit schedules, concerns about processing inefficiency and rent stabilization issues.
As of last week HPD has put forward a proposal to address the renewal …Read more