Housing

Tenants and activists fight to end abuse from landlords. (Photo by Humberto Arellano/EDLP)

Settlement Was Inadequate, Rent-Controlled Tenants Say

Housing April 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

The ongoing saga of the Pinnacle Group and its tenants made its way to Lower Manhattan last Thursday, when rent-controlled tenants who claim that the massive real estate group harassed and tried to illegally evict them rallied to demand compensation and accountability.

LGBT Advocates Say State Budget for Homeless Youth Falls Short

LGBT Advocates Say State Budget for Homeless Youth Falls Short

Housing, LGBTQ April 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Since state funding to programs for runaway and homeless youth was drastically cut in last year’s budget, advocates have fought to restore the funding. This year’s allocation saw a slight uptick, but the increase fell far short of the restoration they had hoped for.

Jacek Bikowski speaking at a rally for tenants' rights at City Hall. (Photo by Ewa Kern-Jędrychowska/Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Housing Advocate’s Work Curtailed by Funding Cuts

Eastern European, Housing April 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

When organizations or individuals that serve immigrants lose funding, it affects what is often immigrants’ only lifeline for help: people familiar with their language and background. For Poles, a reduction in funding has cut back the activities of Jacek Bikowski — one of the city’s few Polish-speaking advocates for tenants’ rights.

Photo By Ed Litvak

Despite Ruling, Tenants Displaced by Fire May Not Get Homes Back

Asian, Housing March 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Despite a court order that the landlord of the fire-ravaged building at 289 Grand Street restore the building’s rent-controlled and rent-stabilized apartments, the future of the Chinatown building’s tenants remains unclear, The Villager reported.

Rabbi Dov Korn, right, is co-director of the new Chabad Serving NYU on the Bowery. (Photo via Jewish Week)

Chabad Houses Augur Jewish Gentrification Downtown and Uptown

Housing, Religion March 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

Chabad Houses in Harlem and on The Bowery are harbingers of Jewish gentrification, The Jewish Week argues. The paper called the Chabad-Lubavitch movement a “American Jewry’s canary in the coal mine, sensing the stirrings of an emerging Jewish community and moving in.”

Press release on funding provided to New York State to fight pending cases on housing discrimination.

New Funding to Fight Housing Discrimination, But is it Enough?

Housing, In the News February 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

The New York State Division of Human Rights announced a partnership with the the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that gives the DHR $448,000 to fight cases of housing discrimination, but critics say the funds won’t address the root causes of the problem.

Residents in Richmond Hill, Queens voice their complaints on recent squatters who they say disturb the peace.

Richmond Hill Neighbors Want Squatters Evicted

Housing, Queens February 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Residents in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens complained last week about squatters that had taken over a foreclosed house, reported the Queens Chronicle.

Plan to turn foreclosures into rentals

Economy, Housing, In the News, South Asian January 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has announced a pilot program to put families back into 250,000 foreclosed houses. The plan involves selling the abandoned homes in bulk to investors, who will rehabilitate the homes and turn them into rental properties.

Ted McGuire, Natasha Dillon, Jake Goodman, and Melissa Kleckner block the exit from the Midtown building that houses Governor Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office.

Homeless youth get no love from Gov. Cuomo

Economy, Housing, In the News, New York January 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Advocates for the homeless say every night 3,800 people under age 24 sleep on the streets of New York City. 40% of them identify as runaway lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Activists had lobbied for the slashed youth shelter budget to be restored this year. But they were disappointed when Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his budget proposals last week.

Families fight banks for loan modifications

African American, Economy, Housing, Latino, Metro Area, Video January 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Judge: city housing plan boosts segregation

African American, Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, New York January 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

A state judge has ruled that a planned Brooklyn housing development would violate federal law and increase segregation in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Amsterdam News reports that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to appeal the decision of state judge Emily Goodman.

Vacant Lefferts Hotel in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Bed-Stuy building owners wait for market rebound

Brooklyn, Economy, Housing, In the News January 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Advocates for the homeless have found that Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn “has the highest density per square mile of vacant property buildings and lots” in New York City. The Brooklyn Ink is reporting that building owners are engaging in the practice of “warehousing,” which involves owners “sitting” on empty properties until housing prices go up for a more profitable sale.

OWS moves into housing injustice

Brooklyn, Economy, Housing, Video January 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Members of Occupy Wall Street occupy foreclosed, vacant houses in East New York.

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Greenpoint church to aid the homeless

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Housing January 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

When the temperatures drop in Greenpoint, the St Anthony of Padua Church will open its door to homeless members of the community. In addition, the Polish Consulate has provided sleeping bags for people with no place to call home, since a large portion of Greenpoint’s homeless community is Polish.

Thousands without heat during frigid temps

Thousands without heat during frigid temps

Brooklyn, Housing, In the News, Latino, New York January 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Last week’s wave of freezing temperatures literally plunged thousands of families into the cold. During the first four days of the new year, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) received a total of 5,480 reports from people that didn’t have heating.