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CHPC is devoted to revealing trusted, important, and new information about the New York City housing market. Since 1937, we have been devoted to making an impact on our housing stock by publishing respected research in engaging and creative ways.

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Sleeping Around: Short-term Rentals and Housing in New York City

Sleeping Around is an exploration of short-term rentals and housing in New York City. The study discusses how short-term rentals affect New York’s housing market and proposes policy reforms that could allow this popular practice to continue while mitigating its negative impacts on housing.

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Hidden Housing: Basement Apartments

At a time when new housing is urgently needed, this new CHPC study found that there are between 10,000 and 38,000 potential apartments that could be brought into safe and legal use in New York City without even changing the Zoning Resolution.

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CHPC Releases Neighborhood Stress Test

The Neighborhood Stress Test identifies a method for policymakers to focus the attention and resources of government on the neighborhoods that need it most. In the process of developing this method, CHPC also identified serious issues regarding the collection of data by public agencies that hamper government efforts to coordinate.

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Revisit: Prevailing Wage Report

This CHPC report seeks to clarify the debate as to whether government determined prevailing wages should be required for all City and State subsidized housing construction; and to help better inform policy makers and legislators as they consider this important question.

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New Report: Pump Up the Volume

Our research study shows that multifamily housing makes for the best use of PABs, in part because it leverages Low Income Housing Tax Credits and in part because housing is often the only feasible use of PABs due to onerous requirements that limit their usefulness for economic development. But, despite the reality that little non-housing activity is generated through the use of PABs, State legislation prioritizes allocating bond volume to economic development agencies rather than to housing agencies, whose annual allocations are not fully decided until late in the year.

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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. CHPC has prepared a summary of the new term sheets which allows users to view their main characteristics side by side and to easily compare the programs.

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All Green Buildings Great and Small

Using expert information provided by HCPC’s Green Building Committee, and practitioners from NYCEDC, NYSEDA, and NYCEEC, CHPC compiled Ten Industry Recommendations that would remove many of the barriers preventing owners of small to mid-sized buildings (5-49 units) from taking advantage of available resources and knowledge.

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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. Our study found that eight out of the seventeen buildings were unable to use all of their allotted floor area because of the building envelope rules. In other words, it is often the building envelope that is the determinant of the development capacity of a new building rather than its floor area.

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Creating Aspirational Communities

In Fall 2013, Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) convened eleven experts on homeless policy, supportive housing, and community development to have a 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.

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