The 97-page “Housing Our Neighbors: A Blueprint for Housing and Homelessness” outlines a holistic approach to developing new apartments, preserving existing affordable units, improving conditions in NYCHA, holding landlords accountable for safety in privately-owned buildings and streamlining processes for unhoused New Yorkers to move into permanent homes. The plan has earned praise for no longer treating those issues as separate siloed problems and for relying on input from directly impacted residents, including public housing tenants and people staying in homeless shelters.

The proposed regulatory reforms earned praise from Sarah Watson, interim director at CHPC. Watson said the plan was “deeply exciting” and offers a “new vision for our housing interventions.”

CHPC issued a report last month outlining other specific zoning reforms the city could pursue to streamline housing production. 

David Brand 

July 7, 2022