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From City Limits:
Shelter Wars: The city currently relies on hotels to house 1000s of homeless families. It needs to build new shelters, but consistently, the de Blasio administration’s efforts to do so face neighborhood opposition. Read more
Data Drop: Some shelter opponents cite the question of ‘fair share.’ We looked at how shelters and homeless individuals in them are distributed throughout the city. Read more
Voucher Problems: At $1,236 for an individual or $1,303 for a two-person household, the city’s voucher for homeless and at-risk individuals is struggling to keep up with New York City’s overheating housing market. Read more
From Around the City:
Restaurants are feeling the heat from NYC’s unbearable housing costs. “As fewer and fewer good cooks live in the city, we have to do more and more to keep them,” says Chef Amanda Cohen of the Lower East Side’s Dirt Candy in a recent piece in Eater. “New York City is losing its soul,” she warns. As a result of rising costs including housing, “more and more restaurants here are actually restaurant concepts, designed to be replicated elsewhere, not unique one-of-a-kind dining experiences.”
Jersey City will add as many apartments as Manhattan in 2019, a new report from RentCAFE says. That number reflects the massive amount of development in that transit-accessible sister city, but also the relatively slower pace of development in crowded and expensive Manhattan. Also notable from this report, the single neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn will build more than half as many apartments as Manhattan will this year.
Residents got heated at a Tuesday night meeting about the city’s program that seizes properties with unpaid debt— Third Party Transfer,—accusing their elected officials of not taking action against it, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.
US Rep. Jerry Nadler pushing back against the RAD and demolition plans for NYCHA’s Fulton Houses while Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been are pushing ahead with the plan, Politico reports.
National Grid is still not issuing new gas hookups and that is having an effect on several new affordable housing developments, Bklyner reports.