Mayor Bill de Blasio allotted $5.7 million of his$88.67 billion preliminary budgetto a pilot program that would legalize basement apartments in East New York.

Untangling the complicated processes of converting basements into housing for homeowners can be daunting, Jessica Katz, executive director of Citizens Housing Planning Council (CHPC), said.

It is our hope that this pilot better understands the barriers for homeowners who want to convert their basement into legal apartments, she said. It should focus on simplifying that process for individual homeowners.

On Feb. 17, CHPC released Hidden Housing: Basement Apartments, a study that found 10,000 to 38,000 potential basement apartments citywide.

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