Picture the Homeless Celebrates New Warehousing Act That Tackles Homelessness, Reported by BKReader

Posted on January 10, 2018

New Housing Not Warehousing Act to Tackle NYC’s Affordable Housing Crisis with Vacancy Registry

Originally Posted by BKReader on January 9, 2018
Written By Andrea Leonhardt

On Monday, Mayor de Blasio signed into law two bills from the Housing Not Warehousing Act which is designed to help identify vacant sites and create an inventory which could be used for affordable housing development. “For the first time in its history, New York City will be empowered to conduct a census of vacant property. The affordable housing and homelessness crisis we face presents an incredibly complex problem and enacting this legislation provides us with essential tools toward creating solutions,” said Councilmember Jumaane Williams, sponsor of one of the two bills. The Housing Not Warehousing Act consists of three bills. Intro 1039, sponsored by Williams, requires the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to report on vacant buildings or lots under the jurisdiction of HPD, categorized by the feasibility of development of those buildings or lots as affordable housing. Intro 1036, which was sponsored by Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, requires the city to analyze data from various agencies to estimate the number of vacant buildings and lots in areas zoned to permit residential use; it also mandates that the city use the analysis to create a list of potentially vacant lots and buildings. The third bill, introduced by Public Advocate Letitia James, has not yet been voted on. “Today marks a turning point in the fight for housing for homeless folks,” said Picture The Homeless Executive Director Monique George. “This is the first step toward holding landlords accountable, especially in areas of heavy gentrification.” The enacting of this law comes as the de Blasio administration has announced its new goal of creating or preserving 300,000 affordable housing units by 2026.

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