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From left to right, moderator Jarrett Murphy, Barika Williams of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, HPD's Leila Bozorg, Chanera Pierce of the Fair Housing Justice Center and Councilmember Brad Lander.

What does it mean to take into account “fair housing” concerns as the city implements Housing New York and as it pursues neighborhood rezonings? Can we craft affordable housing lottery preference policies that don’t perpetuate racial segregation, but also help residents avoid displacement? Is income mixing a worthy goal and can it be accomplished without gentrification or displacement?

On Tuesday City Limits hosted “Fair Housing in a Rezoned City,” an illuminating panel discussion on some of the difficult questions surrounding the city’s upcoming fair housing assessment process.

Our panel, moderated by City Limits Executive Editor & Publisher Jarrett Murphy, featured:

  • Leila Bozorg, Deputy Commissioner for Neighborhood Strategies, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  • Brad Lander, City Council Member, District 39, and Council Deputy Leader for Policy
  • Chanera Pierce, Policy Coordinator, Fair Housing Justice Center
  • Barika Williams, Deputy Director, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development

Watch the video below:

5 thoughts on “Watch it Here: Is Affordable Housing Really Fair Housing?

  1. Low income, taxpayer funded housing (which is what we are really talking about) has been, and still is. a discriminatory system.

    Poltical hacks make up income numbers that are so low that only the homeless or poorest of the working poor can live there. Working people who make a decent, but still low salary, are out of luck.

    If you want a socialist housing system in this country everyone should be able to apply and their individual financial situation reviewed. If they don’t make enough money to rent an appropriate size apartment for their family and not go over the 30% of income number, then they should be able to have a chance at the government hand outs just like the people who always get them and then have them for life.

    This is why I don’t support any government or taxpayer involved housing, it is giving “special rights” to a limited number of people for life, while others who are just as much in need are left in the dirt because some political hack pulled numbers out of their rear end on who they think should be eligible.

    • Low income housing destroyed large sections of NYC in the 1960s and 70s. Apparently some want to see that happen again.

  2. Why isn’t NYCHA giving people from the buildings that need to be condemned first dibs on housing in the new apartments? It would keep the increase of hotels being turned into shelters for families which would lead to even less options for tourists and less tourists means less money coming in to help with the deficit added to those who may sue the government who chose to not place residents of NYCHA’s developments in a more secure and sustainable housing development which could lead to NY state filing for bankruptcy which could lead to lack of funds for the fire fighters, police officers, and other federal aids who help keep us as safe as possible which could mean we would be more of an easy target for terrorist attacks. Should we be attacked and or several residents of a building die in a building’s collapse because they were not able to be moved out and placed elsewhwere beforehand then, their blood is on NYCHA’s and the government’s hands.

  3. Lander can keep dreaming about integrating the NYC public schools. The system is 15% white, 13% white if you exclude Staten Island schools.

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