Quality Of LIfe

Child poverty worsens in NY while nation improves, state comptroller reports

The Gothamist, Charles Lane, May 17, 2024 More New York children fell into poverty after the Covid-19 pandemic while other children in the country saw improvement, according to a new report from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Federal stimulus money and an expansion of tax credit programs during the pandemic helped dramatically improve the […]

US Affordable Housing Policy Works for Wall Street and Rich Developers, Not Renters

Common Dreams, ALGERNON AUSTIN, May 19, 2024 Current policy doesn’t make sense if the goal is to provide affordable housing; if the goal is to create market conditions beneficial to real estate developers and investors, it appears to be working quite well. Affordable rental housing policy fails to provide sufficient affordable rental housing decade after […]

UnHomeless NYC

The Brooklyn Rail, Joseph Masheck, March 29, 2024 How many times have we rushed past the small non-commercial Hudson Guild Gallery, in a public housing project in Chelsea, on our way to some big-bucks exhibition? It now has a show on the theme of homelessness and housing, with works by well-known conceptual as well as unknown […]

First City-Wide Rent Reduction in the History of New York State Upheld by Appellate Court

MRONLINE, John Mage, March 28, 2024  Five judge panel rules unanimously determination of Kingston Rent Guidelines Board mandating 15% rent reduction is valid “[n]othing in the applicable statutory language explicitly requires that the Board adjust the rent upward rather than downward.” New York State’s Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 permits the regulation of residential […]