Friday News Roundup

Another week means another Friday. And more crazy news from around the affordable housing world. Get ready for the roundup!

  1. The New York Times Room for Debate this week centered around the theme of “Housing That’s Not a Luxury” after a Times poll concluded that 8 out of 10 New Yorkers want affordable housing to be a priority. 8 contributors gave their suggestions for programs that could increase affordable housing in NY, including one from our allies at Metropolitan Council on Housing (“Strengthen Rent Regulations“) and our allies at the Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development (“Nonprofit Developers Stabilize Neighborhoods“).
  2. The NY Daily News has a feature article about the state-run Tenant Protection Unit. The article delves into one of the first investigations by the TPU against Yeshaya Wasserman, who owns a 181-unit complex in Prospect Lefferts Gardens: “”Rent would go from $600 to $2,501 a month for one apartment, then another is $800 and it jumps to exactly $2,501, one’s at $650, and it goes to $2,501,” state Deputy Housing Commissioner Richard White explained. “It was definitely cause for concern.””
  3. Tuesday was the first Mayoral Debate between the major candidates, and they spent nearly ten minutes just on affordable housing alone. Crains New York Business blogger Andrew Hawkins, did a full analysis of what each candidate said. Check it out!
  4. In the debate, Democratic nominee and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio repeated his plan for increasing affordable housing units. The Wall Street Journal got into the nitty-gritty of the feasibility of his plans.
  5. The Huffington Post has a write up on a full report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice about the major corruption and horrible conditions facing New York’s Three Quarters Houses, places that are supposed to be safe-havens for those who are recently incarcerated, homeless, and drug users.
  6. And finally, a great opinion piece by The Boston Globe‘s Yvonne Abraham comparing the way a NY-based Real Estate giant, Olnick Organization, treats poor Boston tenants and Harlem resident Congressman Charlie Rangel. Spoiler alert: the Congressman comes out on top.

That’s all for this week! Check back in next week for more stories about tenants and affordable housing.  Have a great weekend.


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