Just last month, the city announced another possible answer to the affordable-housing shortage by easing rules on minimum apartment sizes. In a pilot program, the city will build a 55-unit building at 335 E. 27th St. with units as small as 250 square feet…

Nonetheless, Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and the city’s former housing commissioner, insisted that something must be done. “This is … about accepting the reality that this is how people are living, and about creating a path to legalization, so we are improving the quality of life and safety,” she said.