“We’re long past the point where we can squabble over one solution versus another. We have so many tools at our disposal—far too many of them sitting around gathering dust. It’s time we treat the housing problem like the crisis it is.”
A new report describes the path to social housing in New York through 20 policy proposals, from overhauling the property tax code and abolishing the city’s tax lien sale to cracking down on landlord violations and boosting public funding for tenant organizing.
Under current law, state and county prosecutors are bound by statutes of limitations and forced to rely on charges, like grand larceny, that do not take into account the magnitude of the crime, officials say.
The Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA) has the backing of organizations that preserve affordable housing, but has encountered criticism from the real estate industry and skepticism from city housing officials.
The city’s controversial tax lien sale expires Monday. Absent legislation to create a new program or renew the existing one, a group of activists and elected officials have proposed abolishing the private sales and turning properties over to community land trusts (CLTs) instead.
Habitat for Humanity Chief Strategy Officer Matthew Dunbar joined City Limits reporter David Brand on WBAI’s “City Watch” to discuss policies for increasing opportunities for home buyers in the city.
Of the eight top Democratic contenders facing off in the June mayoral primary, six own homes within the five boroughs. Of those, two are landlords. Two other candidates rent their city residences.
Black homeowners pay more than white residents when purchasing a home and face other financial challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report found.