In recent years, the City Council and de Blasio Administration have greatly expanded the funding for legal services for low-income New Yorkers facing civil proceedings in court. IBO examines how this funding for civil legal assistance has grown.
When a low-income household loses their income or faces an extraordinary bill, they can face a utilities cutoff--or eviction. Did the pandemic lead to a surge in one-time emergency housing grants by the city?
The New York City Housing Authority regularly passes its five-year operating budget with funding gaps, which in last year’s plan exceeded $300 million in most years. IBO examines changes in NYCHA’s budget, including the subsidies the city provides to NYCHA, and looks at challenges ahead.
FOCUS ON THE PRELIMINARY BUDGET: With the addition of more capital funding, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development is expanding its Our Space program to build housing for New Yorkers currently living in the city's homeless shelters.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is again calling for the implementation of a “mansion tax:” a surcharge on the sale of high-end residences in the city. The Mayor made this one of the featured proposals in his state of the city speech as well as in recent testimony to the state Legislature.
While 421-a Affordable New York has expired, talks on the future of the city’s largest tax expenditure continue. IBO examined how many affordable units it created since its start through June 2021, what incomes they serve, and how many received other subsidies.
Following cutbacks in traditional federal aid for repairing or replacing public housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development created new programs that rely on leveraging private dollars to help address the needs of deteriorating housing developments nationwide.
IBO reviewed 131 NYC Housing Connect listings for 3,605 new affordable apartments over a recent six-month period, surveying the distribution of rents by income group and by apartment size, as well as rent-to-income ratios.