Jaime Ernesto and Michael: Afghanistan veteran, Michael, who works for the Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs in New York, talks to fellow veteran, Jaime about the apartment Michael helped Jaime Ernesto find after he returned from Iraq.
Restrictions on the use of credit scores, personal assets and recognizing special challenges residents of homeless shelters face ensure that affordable housing reaches those New Yorkers most in need. NEW YORK––Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Chair Vicki Been announced today a series of new affordable housing lottery rules designed to ensure that City-assisted affordable housing reaches the New Yorkers who need it most.
Important changes to the policies include ending developers and leasing agents' ability to deny applications based solely on credit scores; new standards for homeless shelter referrals to account for special challenges faced by these households; strictly limiting the ability of landlords to deny an applicant based only on their exercising due process rights in housing court; and imposing limits on personal assets.
"Every New Yorker deserves equal access to an affordable home, including veterans, the elderly and homeless individuals and families," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Disqualifications based solely on credit history, or because a tenant fought for his or her rights in housing court, have no place in our affordable housing programs. These key improvements to the rules level the playing field and give every household the chance to find a home within their means." Handbook HERE.
Construction union bosses are launching a new push to stifle affordable housing in New York City.
Led by the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, the unions are demanding a virtual monopoly on housing construction and the ability to pay some of their workers more than $200,000 per year in prevailing wages and benefits....MORE
Senator Maria Cantwell (WA), U.S. Senate
Advocate of the Year
The Woolworth Watertown Apartments, Watertown, NY. Developed by Georgica Green Ventures – David Gallo
Project of the Year (Upstate Region)
Webster Commons, Bronx, NY. Developed by Joy Construction Corp. - Eli Weiss
Project of the Year (Downstate Region)
The Housing Partnership Development Corporation, New York, NY. Not-for-Profit Partner of the Year
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