STATEMENT: Real Affordability for All Challenges Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Announcement

For Immediate Release
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Much Deeper Levels of Real Affordability Are Needed in Neighborhoods Slated for Rezoning to Limit Gentrification and Displacement, and Protect the Most Vulnerable 

New York, NY — Real Affordability for All, the largest and most diverse affordable housing coalition in the city, released the following statement challenging Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that the city is “breaking records” on affordable housing preservation and creation.

“We appreciate that the de Blasio administration is focused on increasing affordable housing, but today’s announcement is a premature victory lap. The de Blasio administration should focus on achieving much deeper levels of real affordability in housing, especially in neighborhoods that will be rezoned. Affordable for whom is still the question many New Yorkers ask about the city's housing plan, particularly those residents who may be exposed to the worst effects of gentrification and displacement through the rezoning process,” said Maritza Silva-Farrell, a spokeswoman for Real Affordability for All.

“The de Blasio administration has yet to release specific affordability levels tied to income levels for neighborhoods that will be rezoned. We want to see a much clearer plan from City Hall that explains exactly how and why the rezoning process will increase, rather than endanger, real affordability for current residents. No real victory will be within reach until it is absolutely clear that real affordable housing will be preserved and created for the vast majority of New Yorkers in rezoned neighborhoods, including the lowest-income and homeless New Yorkers. Affordability is a meaningless concept unless it applies more specifically and directly to lower-income and moderate-income New Yorkers who may be priced out of their rezoned neighborhoods in the near future,” said Silva-Farrell of Real Affordability for All.

“Residents in neighborhoods where rezoning will create the greatest risk of gentrification and displacement want to see at least fifty percent of all new housing truly affordable to lower-income and moderate-income residents, with ten percent set aside for the growing number of homeless New Yorkers in our communities. These are crucial goals for affordable housing that the de Blasio administration should work toward achieving,” said Silva-Farrell of Real Affordability for All.