Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Affordable housing is falling apart

From Capital New York:

As Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration embarks on an ambitious plan to expand the stock of affordable housing for New Yorkers, he faces another daunting task: Ensuring those homes are safe, comfortable places to live.

A report released Monday morning by Comptroller Scott Stringer finds that the city’s affordable housing stock—both rent-regulated and public—is in a state of disrepair.

New York has come a long way in the 125 years since Jacob Riis wrote How the Other Half Lives, the report notes. But in some areas, the gains of the last century are slipping away.

The 27-page report finds a wide gap between the conditions of market-rate housing and the rest of the city’s apartment stock, noting disparities along income and racial lines. There are noteworthy differences in the conditions of stabilized housing and market-rate.

In 2011, for example, 20 percent of rent-stabilized apartments had heating equipment breakdowns, while broken plaster and peeling paint was noted at 24 percent—twice that of market-rate units. One out of three rent-stabilized units had rodent problems in 2011, compared to one in five market-rate units.

“While much of New York City’s housing stock remains in good condition and asset values have increased, significant pockets of our city’s housing are deteriorating,” Stringer said in a statement. “We still have much work to do to ensure that every New Yorker has a safe place to call home.”

Much of the city’s public housing is in a state of disrepair, Stringer’s report finds, noting problems have became far more widespread in the last decade.


Anonymous said...

We should be departing more that way we have more housing. If we just got rid of these illegals and third worlders, maybe we'd have more room.

NYC is not what it use to be and has turned into liberal and foreign crap!

Anonymous said...

The big problem is all that housing stock for the wealth cosmopolitan set in NYC is has tenants for only a few weeks a year - a real scandal when we realize how many in NY pay outrageous rents because there are no apartments avail.

Anonymous said...

I'll bet Queens home owners have thousands of unused bedrooms in their houses that could be used to temporarily house the homeless until they get back on their feet. That should be a DeBlasio priority, and people that do not want to comply should be evicted by eminent domain.

Anonymous said...

Affordable housing is not afforable to the city budget. Time to privatise and make them pay for their own repairs.