In Wealthy City, a Marxist Mayor Wins Over Voters

Yes, this Communist politician wants to redistribute wealth, but a focus on housing, her own modest lifestyle and a hard childhood have helped her popularity.

#austria, #austrian-peoples-party, #communism-theory-and-philosophy, #content-type-personal-profile, #graz-austria, #income-inequality, #internal-sub-only, #kahr-elke, #mayors, #public-and-subsidized-housing

London’s Trellick Tower and a Development Debate

Residents of Trellick Tower, a 1972 public housing block, fought to stop a development project they said would undermine the building’s integrity. But they fear the reprieve might be only temporary.

#affordable-housing, #architecture, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #london-england, #public-and-subsidized-housing

One Woman’s Life in Subsidized Housing, and Her Campaign to Fix It

At the Holmes Towers on the Upper East Side, La Keesha Taylor has formed a coalition to keep the elevators running, the heat working and the rodents at bay.

#elevators-and-escalators, #housing-authority-nyc, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny

Why Housing Is So Expensive — Particularly in Blue States

The urban economist Jenny Schuetz breaks down America’s housing crises, the policies that could fix them and the politics standing in the way.

#affordable-housing, #audio-neutral-informative, #homeless-persons, #politics-and-government, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #urban-areas

New York Lawmakers Embrace New Funding Plan to Rescue Public Housing

The city’s public housing system, the largest in the nation, has become an emblem of disinvestment and deterioration. But a new deal could lead to needed repairs in 25,000 apartments.

#adams-eric-l, #housing-authority-nyc, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

How Do You Find an Apartment in N.Y.C. These Days?

Apartment hunting in the city has never been easy, but now the search has become seemingly impossible as prices soar. Readers told us about their pandemic housing struggles — and eventual successes.

#affordable-housing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Ex-N.Y.C. Shelter Boss Gets Prison Time in $1.2 Million Bribery Scheme

Victor Rivera was sentenced to more than two years in prison for accepting kickbacks while running his Bronx homeless shelter organization.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bronx-nyc, #bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #sex-crimes

$100 Million Film Studio to Rise From Rubble of Ex-Public Housing Site

Lionsgate Newark will include six large soundstages. It’s being built on the site of one of New Jersey’s first public housing projects.

#baraka-ras, #corporate-taxes, #halmi-robert-jr, #john-schreiber, #labor-and-jobs, #lionsgate, #movies, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-performing-arts-center, #newark-nj, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #television

The Unlikely Ascent of New York’s Compost Champion

An ad led to Domingo Morales falling in love with compost. A windfall is helping him spread the word.

#compost, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #morales-domingo, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #waste-materials-and-disposal

The Tenants Tried to Stop an Eviction. Now They Could Own the Building

When a new landlord bought their building in the Bronx and threatened to raise rents and kick them out, tenants banded together. They never expected how far they might get: the chance to buy their apartments for $2,500 each.

#evictions, #housing-development-fund-corp, #landlords, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #south-bronx-bronx-ny, #urban-homesteading-assistance-board

Bronx Fire Survivors Lament City’s Failure to Disburse Aid

Nearly four months after a fire tore through a Bronx complex, killing 17 people, its residents say that the city has yet to disburse millions in aid.

#adams-eric-l, #bronx-nyc, #department-of-housing-preservation-and-development-nyc, #fires-and-firefighters, #mayors-fund-to-advance-new-york, #public-and-subsidized-housing

On Homelessness, New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams Needs a Little Religion

People experiencing homelessness are our neighbors.

#adams-eric-l, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #hochul-kathleen-c, #homeless-persons, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #poverty, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #social-conditions-and-trends

Gardening Advice, Homelessness Solutions and Questions About Charter Schools

Readers weigh in.

#california, #charter-schools, #gardens-and-gardening, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only-nl, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Entrepreneurship Is Alive in N.Y. Public Housing. Will the City Step Up?

A new report urges officials to support New York City’s most vulnerable business owners, at a time when jobs lost to the pandemic may take years to return.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #housing-authority-nyc, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #small-business

Why We Love Red Hook, Brooklyn: The Salt, the Light, the Emptiness

The isolated Brooklyn enclave, which resembles a forgotten seaside town, seems to be every New Yorker’s favorite neighborhood. At least for an afternoon. And not in flood season.

#brooklyn-nyc, #new-york-city, #photography, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #red-hook-brooklyn-ny

‘I’m Scared’: Thousands in New York Public Housing Are Behind on Rent

NYCHA is pledging to avoid evictions. But many tenants in arrears are anxious.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evictions, #housing-authority-nyc, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing

Despite the Dire Housing Picture, the South Bronx Sees a Way Forward.

In the South Bronx, developers found ways to build an array of sleek, affordable apartments in two subsidized housing developments. Is this a way forward?

#affordable-housing, #architecture, #bronx-nyc, #department-of-housing-preservation-and-development-nyc, #public-and-subsidized-housing

The Man Who Fought Homelessness and Won (Sort Of)

Steven Banks was the most effective social-services director in New York City history — and when he left office, there were still 45,000 people sleeping in shelters. Is that a success?

#affordable-housing, #banks-steven, #bowery-residentscommittee, #city-council-nyc, #coalition-for-the-homeless, #community-organized-relief-effort-core-nonprofit, #de-blasio-bill, #department-of-social-services, #evictions, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #lippman-jonathan, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Philadelphia Fire Started When Boy, 5, Ignited Christmas Tree

Investigators determined that a 5-year-old, who told the police he had been playing with a lighter, was the only person in the part of the apartment where the fire began.

#deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #philadelphia-pa, #philadelphia-housing-authority, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #smoke-detectors

18 Relatives in a Deadly Fire: For Some, Crowded Housing Is Not a Choice

A fire that raged through a public housing unit in Philadelphia left 12 people dead. But families living in cramped conditions have few options, with thousands waiting for subsidized housing.

#fires-and-firefighters, #pennsylvania, #philadelphia-pa, #philadelphia-housing-authority, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Is the Chance to Turn Hotels Into Affordable Housing Slipping Away?

As many of the city’s hotels sat empty during the pandemic and homelessness continued to rise, some saw an opportunity to solve both problems. So what happened?

#affordable-housing, #homeless-persons, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #manhattan-nyc, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #single-room-occupancy

The Homeless Should Be a Protected Social Group

Should housing status be a protected category like race, gender or religion?

#california, #chico-calif, #discrimination, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only-nl, #newsom-gavin, #public-and-subsidized-housing

Funding Fight Threatens Plan to Pump Billions Into Affordable Housing

A federal voucher program is at risk of being sharply scaled back as the White House seeks to slash its social policy package to appease two centrist senators.

#affordable-housing, #contra-costa-county-calif, #homeless-persons, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Role for State Governments in the Housing Crisis

How to solve the housing crisis (part 3).

#affordable-housing, #city-councils, #evictions, #gentrification, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only, #land-use-policies, #local-government, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

New York’s Superstar Progressive Isn’t A.O.C.

Ritchie Torres isn’t a household name. He should be.

#affordable-housing, #bronx-nyc, #charter-schools, #education-k-12, #house-of-representatives, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #torres-ritchie-1988, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vouchers

The Economic Mistake Democrats Are Finally Confronting

The left needs to think as much about supply as it does about demand. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #income, #inflation-economics, #liberalism-us-politics, #niskanen-center, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

Don’t Mind the Gap in Intergenerational Housing

Several new developments make a point of mixing age groups, because who wants to enter the golden years surrounded by only old people?

#affordable-housing, #baby-boomers, #elderly, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #sage-advocacy-and-services-for-lgbt-elders, #singapore, #united-states

How the Candidates for N.Y.C. Mayor Would Tackle Homelessness

In the Democratic primary’s last days, and with New York’s economy starting to regain its footing, a chronic problem gains new urgency.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #evictions, #garcia-kathryn, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #mcguire-raymond-j, #mental-health-and-disorders, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stringer-scott-m, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

New York Has a Housing Crisis. How Would the Mayoral Candidates Fix It?

New York City’s affordability problems were laid bare by the pandemic. Mayoral candidates offer solutions, but steep political and logistical obstacles remain.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #homeless-persons, #housing-authority-nyc, #mcguire-raymond-j, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #stringer-scott-m, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

NYC and Homelessness: Lawmakers Take Dramatic Step to Stem Rise

The City Council overwhelmingly passed a measure to increase a city housing subsidy, in hopes of making tens of thousands of apartments more affordable to those who are homeless or facing eviction.

#city-council-nyc, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Progressive Lawmakers to Unveil Legislation on Energy and Public Housing

The proposal, billed as the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, offers a clear policy marker for liberals as Democrats seek to influence President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #congressional-progressive-caucus, #democratic-party, #energy-efficiency, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #house-of-representatives, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #sanders-bernard, #schumer-charles-e, #united-states-politics-and-government

One Way to Get People Off the Streets: Buy Hotels

For homeless people, a place to live is life changing to a degree that almost no other intervention can provide.

#affordable-housing, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #newsom-gavin, #politics-and-government, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-commercial, #san-francisco-calif, #tenderloin-san-francisco-calif

The Toronto Carpenter Who Built Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Khaleel Seivwright built himself a wooden shanty while living on a West Coast commune. Then he started building similar lodgings for homeless people in Toronto to survive the winter.

#carpentry-and-carpenters, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #philanthropy, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #seivwright-khaleel, #toronto-ontario

Ex-Trump Official Fined and Barred From Government Over R.N.C. Video

Lynne Patton recruited and interviewed public housing tenants in New York City for a pro-Trump re-election video. The residents accused her of tricking them into participating.

#fines-penalties, #hatch-act-1939, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #housing-authority-nyc, #new-york-city, #patton-lynne-m, #presidential-election-of-2020, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #republican-national-convention, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j

Affordable Housing Shouldn’t Be an Oxymoron

Biden’s new $2 trillion-plus jobs plan recognizes that homes are part of the nation’s infrastructure.

#income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #presidential-election-of-2020, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

‘She Wants Well-Qualified People’: 88 Landlords Accused of Housing Bias

A lawsuit by a watchdog group claims that its undercover investigation found widespread bias against tenants receiving federal housing assistance.

#carr-aaron, #commission-on-human-rights-nyc, #discrimination, #housing-rights-initiative, #landlords, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #real-estate-brokers, #section-8-housing, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Courting Unions and the Latino Vote: 5 Takeaways From the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race

Eric Adams won three big labor union endorsements, confirming his status as a top contender, and Loree Sutton dropped out of the race.

#adams-eric-l, #campaign-finance, #campaign-finance-board-nyc, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #endorsements, #garcia-kathryn, #local-32bj, #new-york-city, #new-york-hotel-and-motel-trades-council, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stringer-scott-m, #sutton-loree-k

The Coronavirus Made the Radical Possible

The past year has seen progressive pipe dreams become reality. But can we hold on to what we’ve learned?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #evictions, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #prisons-and-prisoners, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #public-defenders-and-court-appointed-lawyers-criminal, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #telemedicine

How to Fix Housing for Everyone Except Corporate Speculators

A dedicated federal agency could foster a huge expansion of social housing.

#affordable-housing, #landlords, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #social-housing, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

If ‘Housing Is a Right,’ How Do We Make It Happen?

For starters, Biden can improve lives right now by recalibrating existing programs.

#affordable-housing, #baltimore-md, #discrimination, #evictions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #section-8-housing, #vouchers

‘One Property at a Time’: A City Tries to Revive Without Gentrifying

Neighborhoods in Newark are beginning to see a flurry of redevelopment, a decade after the city’s downtown gained vogue.

#abandonment-property, #affordable-housing, #amazon-com-inc, #area-planning-and-renewal, #baraka-ras, #beth-israel-medical-center, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #minorities, #new-jersey, #newark-nj, #nike-inc, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-economy, #whole-foods-market-inc

Once the Gowanus Canal Is Rid of ‘Black Mayonnaise,’ Who Will Benefit?

Developers have promised affordable housing along Brooklyn’s toxic canal. But the rezoning could end up favoring luxury apartments.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #environmental-protection-agency, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #zoning

It’s Time for America to Reinvest in Public Housing

The first step to addressing the country’s housing affordability problem is to repeal the Faircloth Amendment.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #evictions, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Nightmare’ Australia Housing Lockdown Called Breach of Human Rights

An ombudsman’s report condemned a rushed lockdown of nine public housing towers in Melbourne that left thousands of residents without adequate food and medication and access to fresh air.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #quarantines

Trapped at Home in the Pandemic With Mold and a Leaky Roof

As the wealthy upgrade their homes, poor New Yorkers have to wait out the health crisis in rundown public housing.

#community-service-society-of-new-york, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #housing-authority-nyc, #maloney-carolyn-b, #mold, #pichardo-victor-m, #public-and-subsidized-housing

Surviving on Hot Plates and Takeout: 73 Days Without Cooking Gas

Scores of Queens residents are struggling to prepare meals for their families since their gas was shut off.

#astoria-queens-ny, #housing-authority-nyc, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #quarantine-life-and-culture

A Police Swarm. Frantic Calls. Then 3,000 People Locked Inside.

On July 4, Australia’s second-largest city went into lockdown. But residents of nine public housing towers were singled out for even stricter treatment, leading many to suspect discrimination.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #immigration-and-emigration, #melbourne-australia, #public-and-subsidized-housing

What Will New York Real Estate Look Like Next Year?

City planners, developers and local officials weigh in on how the pandemic could change the city’s housing markets, land use and policy.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #elections-mayors, #gentrification, #labor-and-jobs, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

N.Y.C. Tenants Say They Were Tricked Into Appearing in R.N.C. Video

“I am not a Trump supporter,” one of the tenants said, adding that she was furious that her interview with a government official was used for the convention.

#housing-and-urban-development-department, #housing-authority-nyc, #manhattan-nyc, #patton-lynne-m, #presidential-election-of-2020, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #republican-national-convention, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘The City Fumbled It’: How 4 Families Took On the Virus

In the South Bronx, the coronavirus had a devastating impact on an already vulnerable population. Residents of public housing didn’t wait for the city to help.

#bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diabetes, #elder-care, #housing-authority-nyc, #mill-brook-houses-bronx-ny, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #south-bronx-bronx-ny