Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) has launched a data portal to provide clarity about the impact and trade-offs of prevailing wages on affordable housing.

Public policy should be clear about the problem it intends to solve, how it will address the problem, who it helps, and who it leaves behind. Policy should also be data-driven and understood within economic, social, and political contexts. CHPC created the prevailing wage data portal to provide clarity about the challenges, benefits, and trade-offs involved in prevailing wage policies for affordable housing construction.

CLICK HERE to download CHPC’s latest policy brief that helps answer questions such as:

What impact do prevailing wages have on…

  • Affordable Housing Production?
  • Construction Wages?
  • Worker Benefits?
  • The Lowest Wage Workers?
  • Gender Equity?
  • Racial Disparities in the Workforce?
  • Taxpayer Funded Workers?

Or check it out for yourself by using CHPC’s data portal below!

In 2008, CHPC published a report examining the impact of prevailing wage regulations on affordable housing in New York City. The report, called Prevailing Wisdom, scrutinized the implications on housing supply, affordability, government subsidy, racial equity, worker safety and housing quality. In 2019, prevailing wages are once again a central topic in New York City and New York State, so CHPC is taking another look at the latest policy thinking on this topic.

Prevailing Wage in the News
Editorial: Prevailing wage proposal is a knife at the throat of region’s economy

Read the Buffalo News Editorial Board op-ed.

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NAACP Opposes Prevailing Wage Expansion

Read the NAACP New York State Conference’s statement.

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More women work in construction that’s still a man’s world

Read the Washington Post article about the female workforce in the construction industry.

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Opinion: Will Prevailing Wage Legislation Help or Hurt Communities of Color?

Read the Op-Ed written by Rev. Reginald L. Bachus in City Limits.

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Opinion: A price we can’t afford: Requiring affordable housing projects to pay prevailing wage would hurt New Yorkers who badly need help

Read the Op-Ed written by six former HPD Commissioners in the New York Daily News.

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Former housing commissioners warn about cost of prevailing wage

Read the formal statement and article in the Times Union.

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