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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Real Affordability for All Rally at Noon - Thursday, April 24

Join other tenants and housing advocates on noon on the City Hall Steps.

The Real Affordability for All (RAFA) Campaign will present a housing policy platform to help solve our city's housing crisis. We will release the document on the steps of City Hall,Thursday April 24 at noon.
The platform comes one week before the mayor presents his plan to create or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing. It will focus on key issues and opportunities for the city government to increase real affordability in housing for all residents, and help move campaigns that our organizations have worked on for years to preserve affordable housing, end homelessness, and the responsibly develop of affordable housing.

Most would say that it's pretty hard to put together a comprehensive platform in a few weeks, and they would be right. This document is coming together quickly because organizations around the city have been doing this work for decades. Our organizations have the keys to solving the housing crisis, but the previous administration would not listen.This is a platform that will prioritize the New Yorkers left behind by Bloomberg’s housing and development agenda. It’s a plan to enable our communities to gain access to permanently affordable housing. The release will cap off an amazing two months for tenants: we've seen 200+ rallying for a rent freeze, another 200+ marching for better housing conditions, and hundreds more at countless actions across the city.

Join us on Thursday at noon!

What: RAFA Platform Launch
When: Thursday, April 24 , 12:00pm
Where: City Hall Steps


How NY Can Solve its Affordable Housing Crisis

How NYC Can Solve Its Affordable Housing Crisis

By Steve Wishnia
How can New York City solve its shortage of affordable housing? Simple: Preserve the cheaper housing we already have, and build new housing that New Yorkers can actually afford. The problem is that the most effective ways the city can do that—strengthening rent regulations and building publicly funded housing—are currently illegal.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Only 5 Affordable Devpts in Bklyn in 4 years (but lots of tax subsidies)

THE REAL DEAL  (and see the NY Daily News)

Brooklyn affordability study calls for more below-market units

Jaron Benjamin of Met Council
Only 6% of the nearly 4,440 units built were affordable for low and moderate-income households
April 03, 2014 12:20PM
Only five apartment buildings built in Brooklyn between 2008 and 2012 included below-market-rate units, according to a new report from an affordable housing advocacy group.
In those five years, 61 buildings built in the borough will receive a total of $158 million in tax breaks, according to the report, released today by the Real Affordability for All Campaign. Only six percent of the nearly 4,440 units built were affordable for low- and moderate-income households.