Monday, August 3, 2015

Don't be fooled by Bill's affordable housing plan

From Capital New York:

Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to unveil a new aspect of his affordable housing plan in the coming weeks—a mandate that developers build a specific number of units for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers when they seek formal city approval to rezone land for their projects.

The plan, outlined to Capital in advance of its rollout by administration and City Council officials, would require builders to set aside 25 percent of their units for affordable housing. The average unit would be rented to residents earning 60 percent of the area median income—a calculation that currently equals $46,620 for a family of three.

The policy, known as "mandatory inclusionary zoning" or "mandatory inclusionary housing," would come with a second option—reserving 30 percent of all units at an average of 80 percent of the area median income, or $62,150 for a family of three.

The Department of City Planning, in concert with the local City Council member for a given development, would decide which option to choose—not the builder, the officials said.


Ah, someone's playing with numbers here. Affordable housing income thresholds are generally based on a family of four, not three, making this look like a better deal than it is. And by making this to apply only to new rezonings and not new buildings in all existing zones, what it means is that a whole lot of folks are going to lose their affordable apartments and get locked out of the more expensive "affordable" apartments in the new developments.

$62,150 for a family of 3 falls way above what most people who truly need affordable housing are making. And this is citywide, which means these income requirements apply whether you live in housing on the Upper East Side or in East New York. Which means increased gentrification of low income neighborhoods and more homeless families to fill up shelters.

It also means that developers will seek rezonings with higher density in order to cover the affordable housing requirement. So instead of an R6 zone, they'll ask for an R7.

Anything to appease developers while making it appear as though you're helping the downtrodden, right Bill?


Anonymous said...

This affordable housing crap is so freaking ridiculous. I have to make more money to live in the rockaways by the pjs than I do to have to live around third worlders in flushing! What A load Of Garbage! How about you just close down project housing and make all of it senior housing and put all of those criminals who live in there back to the jails they came from? Oh sorry my fault, due to obamas no deportation policies, our jails are filled way above maximum capacity as it there goes that idea!

JQ said...

This is a long and thorough article about the shady two-faced duplicity of Mayor Big Slow. This guy is a cunning strategist and manipulator. This guy is so beholden to developers and real estate that he will probably be working for them in the private sector. In fact he may already be.

And this big giant ass thinks of himself as some living icon that he's shitting on the likes of Hillary and Mario's son, who gave him jobs in a presidential campaign and HUD in the first place.

In order to get a damn affordable apt. it all hedges on that goddamn area median income, which could be anything if the building happens to be in LIC or the hideously gentrified areas of Brooklyn Goddamn.

Think about what's happening in Ridgewood, a big dense apt. building is about to go up on Myrtle and what is AMI going to be when it's done since a bunch of creative types have moved there the past year.

Even though these are suppose to help families, well literally startup families, which is where the number 3 comes in, it does not address the need for single people or families with 2 or 3 kids who have the most difficulty finding a decent place. But I guess that's what Samaritan Village is for, right BILL, you fat piece of shit?

Anonymous said...

We go after the mayor but always leave city council off the hook - so why don't they pass legislation requiring real affordable housing - and we go after them demanding it.

Its that simple people. Stop treating those nitwits like gods.

Anonymous said...

Ban immigration - infinite demand and finite housing stock.

Anonymous said...

Affordable and housing can never fit in the same sentence when it comes to New York

Anonymous said...

"Ban immigration - infinite demand and finite housing stock."... Let's start with illegal immigration and see how that goes.

Anonymous said...

I will never understand why I worked so hard to provide for my family when I could have just forced the tax paying Slub to just give it all to me for nothing more than a piecing cry and a vote.,through down the racist card and watch everyone scatter like roaches.

georgetheatheist said...

"...the tax paying Slub..."

Make that "Zhlub".

Scared for our future said...

When will the public understand that we can't satisfy the need for affordable housing by building more. New affordable housing units only bring in more people needing affordable housing. People need to find housing they can afford on their own. GOVERNMENT CANT DO IT. The more we talk about government providing affordable housing the more people become willing to sit back and wait for their government benefits.
We are in big trouble folks.

Ned said...

One word: Ineptocracy !

This is a system of government where the least
capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the
lowest of society least likely to sustain themselves are rewarded
with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
Now Q: -What happens when the federal government goes bankrupt and all that federal aid $$ to feed and house all these brats is no more ?
A: You can bet those people will be looting and coming through your windows to take !!!


Anonymous said...

will this be another case of No Irish Need Apply? Or No White People Need Apply?

Please do not bus the Chinese, Pakistani, Bengali to the Rockaways. These ethnic groups spell doom for neighborhoods.