Bronx tenant and her two children in her apartment kitchen

City Limits’ Most-Read Housing Stories in 2022

It’s been an eventful year in New York City housing. Mayor Eric Adams launched a new plan for housing production and a controversial approach to street homelessness. At the same time, the city’s homeless shelter population reached historic highs this year, fueled in part by an increase in migrants from the southern border and by soaring rent costs, including the biggest price hike for rent-stabilized apartments in nearly a decade.

NYCHA Blames Dreary Financial Outlook on $454 Million in Unpaid Pandemic Rent

More than 73,000 NYCHA households are behind on rent, what officials say will force the public housing authority to draw from operating reserves and make other cuts in the year ahead—and could potentially hamper its repair plans. Meanwhile, the state’s already-exhausted Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to aid New Yorkers in rent arrears is unlikely to reach NYCHA.

¿Se debería permitir que los arrendatarios en NYC tengan en cuenta los antecedentes penales de sus inquilinos?

El Concejo de la ciudad de Nueva York celebró una audiencia el jueves para discutir la Ley de Oportunidad Justa para la Vivienda, que haría ilegal que arrendatarios y agentes inmobiliarios tengan en cuenta los antecedentes penales al considerar un inquilino. Los partidarios dicen que la vivienda estable es clave para prevenir la reincidencia, pero los críticos han criticado el proyecto de ley, alegando preocupaciones de seguridad.

Few Homeless New Yorkers Moving from Subways to Safe Havens, As Enforcement Continues

Adams’ early commitments to open new “low-barrier” shelters comes into sharper focus as he closes out his first year in office, with yet another plan to remove homeless New Yorkers from trains and public spaces. New York City has about 600 new specialized shelters for street homeless New Yorkers, but data shows relatively few people are moving from the subways to the largely congregate sites.

Under New Election Rules, 20% of Households Could Determine Fate of NYCHA Developments

The heads of household in 25,000 NYCHA apartments will soon have an opportunity to vote on how to best raise capital and complete repairs in their individual complexes, choosing from one of three funding models. For those elections to be considered valid, at least 20 percent of heads of household named on leases must cast a ballot, new rules state, though NYCHA says it will “strive to achieve turnout far greater.”