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NYSAFAH Primary Election Report
, Fri, Sep 14th, 2018 7:16:53 am

Primary Election Day concluded with Governor Andrew Cuomo's preferred ticket of himself, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, and Attorney General candidate Letitia James all prevailing over spirited challenges. It is now on to the General Election on November 6th, when each of the Democratic candidates will face a Republican challenger. 



Thank you to Ardent Construction for its Support!
, Wed, May 30th, 2018 8:22:14 am

Ardent Construction & Development, Inc. is the first NYSAFAH member to provide support to NYSAFAH through its 501c3 subsidary - House New York, LLC. Thank you to Joanne Cassidy. Be on the lookout for a new online venue this summer to showcase our supporters. Click SUPPORT US above to provide support.



To Maximize Affordable Housing, Increase Collaboration Between Public and Private Sectors
Jolie Milstein, Tue, May 8th, 2018 8:45:48 am

The millions of New Yorkers struggling to deal with impacts of an urgent housing crisis deserve to see more collaboration between government officials and industry leaders who have the power to provide more affordable homes for low- and middle-income families. FULL OPINION...



Make housing affordable again for moderate- and middle-income working-class individuals too
Heidi Burkhart, Tue, Apr 17th, 2018 3:41:39 am

Since taking office, mayor de Blasio has worked hard to bring attention to the need for more affordable housing in the city. Since his re-election, he has extended his affordable housing plan, which now aims to create 300,000 new affordable housing units. However, as ambitious as de Blasio's efforts may be, they focus primarily on providing assistance to extremely low-income households. There is no doubt that these low-income individuals need assistance; however, there needs to be a greater amount of attention and resources dedicated to providing affordable housing to moderate- and middle-income working-class individuals. This is the only way to bring fairness back to New York City. More than that, if the needs of New York City's working class are not met, they will move out of the city, resulting in the loss of both intellectual and economic capital.



City's housing agency looking to develop 2 sites near Hudson Yards
Sally Goldenberg, Mon, Apr 9th, 2018 2:20:05 pm

The city is looking to develop two sites it owns on the West Side of Manhattan that total more than 43,000 square feet.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development issued a formal bid for proposals Monday for two mixed-used projects with rent-regulated housing. Both sites are under the joint control of the city and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and are part of the original plan for the sprawling Hudson Yards development.

The site on 9th Avenue and 54th Street is a 21,500-square-foot parking lot owned by the city and leased to the New York City Transit Authority. In addition to housing, the department is envisioning ground-floor retail, office space and underground parking for the transportation authority.

The second site is a 22,220-square-foot vacant lot on 10th Avenue between 48th and 49th streets. It includes a rail cut for the Amtrak Empire line. The city is looking for affordable housing, a public restroom and adjacent open space.

The agency is looking for developers willing to handle both sites. "Deploying public sites for affordable housing development is a critical component of [our housing plan] and our efforts to secure greater affordability across all our neighborhoods," Housing Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer said in a release. "Through this RFP [request for proposals] we are making good on the promise of the Hudson Yards development plan and looking to generate dynamic proposals that will add to the fabric of the neighborhood and respond to the needs and priorities of the community."
City Comptroller Scott Stringer has faulted the city for failing to take advantage of vacant land it owns to develop more affordable housing.





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