The Final Countdown:


1. Rezone SoHo/NoHo for a more equitable NYC

2. Equitable code enforcement

3. Regulatory reform for basement apartment conversions

4. Enable resident decision-making at NYCHA

5. Affordable housing for essential workers

With the final 16 months of Mayor de Blasio’s administration approaching, CHPC calls for a new approach to housing in NYC and a better plan for realizing it in The Final Countdown. There is still time to create a lasting legacy even during this difficult recovery, to make real strides to address racial inequality, leave the city more resilient to future pandemics, and create more high-quality affordable housing that will serve the needs of communities that are often excluded from the benefits of development. CHPC proposes five housing policies that can conclude the current mayoral administration with progress and results. These policy ideas have no budgetary impact, but huge potential to create a more equitable New York City.

Learn more about CHPC’s work on each of the five housing policy recommendations:

Rezoning SoHo/NoHo for a More Equitable NYC

Rezoning SoHo/NoHo is a crucial first step towards a more equitable development framework for NYC. 

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Equitable Code Enforcement

Enforcement of the City’s building codes can keep us safe, but it can also be a major contributor to inequity in cities on a daily basis. 

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Regulatory Reform for Basement Apartment Conversions

In this policy brief, CHPC identifies regulatory reforms that could facilitate basement and cellar conversions by making them safer, easier, and more affordable

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Public Housing Revolution

CHPC’s initiative to learn about how England’s public housing conditions were radically improved by pairing the expertise of residents with the resources of the affordable housing industry, and how these principles can be applied in New York City. 

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Housing Policy Solutions for COVID-19

CHPC puts forth twelve housing policy solutions to aid response and recovery from COVID-19, including the creation of affordable housing for NYC’s essential workers. 

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