'These early battles at the intersection of race and housing within the Asian-American community are identical to those fought by other minority and immigrant groups.'
Even as borough presidents have been offering incremental changes, like the appointment of several teenage board members in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, several Council bills to reform term limits and mandate demographic reporting from board members have stalled.
Recent citywide projects like the mayor's affordable-housing plan have reignited long-standing critiques of community boards—about the value of their advisory votes and how effective they are at reflecting the will of the diverse community districts they represent.
Supportive housing works. But some works better than the rest. Providers are using their experiences during the first 26 years of supportive housing construction to refine their model as a new wave looms.