Equitable Code Enforcement Webcast

Friday, March 19, 2021 New York (online)

Webcast recording

On March 19, 2021, CHPC welcomed experts to explore code enforcement practices and how they can contribute to a more equitable and just city.

In conversation:

  • Jimena Veloz & Nisha Baliga,Hester Street Collaborative
  • Grace Ashford, Investigative Journalist, New York Times
  • Dr. Ellen Pader, Professor Emerita of Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Jessica Katz & Kate Leitch, Citizens Housing & Planning Council

Equitable Code Enforcement: Policy Brief

In this brief, CHPC explores how enforcement of the city’s building codes can keep us safe, but also be a major contributor to inequity, and sets out recommendations for equitable code enforcement.

The current code enforcement system advantages powerful voices within a community, which can result in the deployment of government resources to neighbors with the loudest voices, weaponization of the enforcement system, or neglect of neighborhoods with the greatest need.

In partnership with Hester Street, CHPC is studying New York’s code enforcement practices and their impacts to formulate recommendations to foster a more equitable and just city.