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?
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.
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.
The city’s diminishing stock of rent-stabilized apartments is highly sought after by prospective tenants because these regulated units often rent at below-market rates and offer a variety of tenant protections including the right to lease renewal.
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.