Housing Update: State Officers to Engage Homeless in Subway

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This weekend, New York state will deploy police officers to address homelessness on the city’s subways, according to reports.

Sign up for our Mapping the Future newsletter to receive housing updates—including the latest news, statistics, tools for tenants and homeowners and affordable-rental lotteries—in your inbox weekly. Here are some of the headlines from this week’s update:

From City Limits:

Hundreds of NYCHA Evictions Raise Questions About Process
The cash-strapped authority needs to collect rent. But there are concerns about lagging repairs, vulnerable tenants and a new program that’s spurred a spike in evictions. Read more

Schools, Landmarks and Ecology Are the Focus as Gowanus Awaits Next Rezoning Steps
Advocates and elected officials are taking steps to prepare for the changes likely to come by landmarking historic sites, calling for a designated “eco-district” and raising concerns about school integration around the Brooklyn canal. Read more

Opinion: In Wake of Tenant Victory, Landlord Myths Abound
‘Unfortunately, little editorial space has been given to the important task of dispelling the toxic myths behind landlords’ recurring arguments about the impact of rent regulation reforms.’ Read more

From Around the City

A new proposal being considered by the city council would legalize hostels, potentially paving the way for for affordable short-term rooms for rent, Gothamist reports. Currently, hostels do not have their own classification under the New York City building codes.

A bill introduced this week would allow the city to place the burden of relocation on landlords when the Department of Housing Preservation and Development issues a vacate order for unsafe conditions. Curbed has the story.

Tenants of 12 rent-stabilized buildings in northeast Brooklyn want a bankruptcy court to appoint a trustee that would oversee buildings they say are plagued by chronic leaks, mold and infestations, Crain’s reports.

17 Brooklyn NYCHA complexes faced 10 or more heat or hot water outages last year, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

This weekend, New York state will deploy police officers and other employees to reduce the number of homeless people in the subway system, a function normally undertaken by the city, Gothamist reports. 

A pair of state lawmakers plan to introduce a bill to “impose hefty fines” against landlords and brokers who don’t follow New York’s newly enacted rent laws, The City reports.

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