Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Affordable Units" are not so.

Mitchell-Lama Residents' Coalition Newsletter, October 2014

‘Affordable’ housing in Hell’s Kitchen; new Gotham complex seeks renters

More evidence emerged recently that “affordable” housing units, offered by landlords as a result of benefitting from a government program, are less and less affordable even to the city's middle-income residents.  The latest example: Gotham West, a giant development on Manhattan's mid-west side, familiarly known as Hell's Kitchen, or Clinton.

and  Affordable units in Brooklyn’s hip areas remain vacant.

Click on the link for the full newsletter. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

City electeds oppose Astoria Cove's cost & insufficient affordable housing

From Michael McKee: 

Economic growth demands affordable housing

By Ryan Hutchins 2:42 p.m. | Oct. 21, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio sought on Tuesday to connect his progressive values to the needs of industry, telling thousands of executives at a global real estate conference that New York’s business growth demands solutions to ensure everyone can find a place to call home.

Send a Card to Cuomo

Send a card to Governor Cuomo:
Dear Governor Cuomo,

For this coming legislative session, my neighbors and I urge you to compel Democratic Party unity.  We have seen the “Independent Democratic Conference” undermine passage of pro-tenant laws.  We need you to support
  • Repeal of vacancy decontrol so our grown children can have affordable homes.
  • Repeal of the Urstadt Law so the politicians who vote on our rent laws are accountable to us.  
  • Limits on Major Capital Improvement increases.
We trust you will stand by us.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Will Inclusionary Zoning Foster Gentrification?

Samuel Stein

De Blasio's Doomed Housing Plan

Solution should be expand & maintain public housing, expand rent controls, community land trusts

And to avoid gentrification, consider a Community Land Trust.  See Many In East Harlem Say No.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tenant blacklist, AirBnB, JP Morgan seeks public subsidies for building

Election Alert: not many days to go!

Tenants Political Action Committee:

On Tuesday, Nov. 4th, there will be a statewide election for governor, lieutenant governor, state comptroller, attorney general, and all 213 seats in the state legislature.

Help the Democrats take control of the New York State Senate to reverse the phaseout of our rent protection laws, and win pro-tenant reforms. If the Republicans are in control again, we are in serious trouble when the rent laws come up for renewal next June.  You can phonebank (see below), contribute money, and knock on doors.