Councilman Vincent Gentile, after the passage of bill 1218-A banning illegal subdivisions in residential spaces. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

New Law Imposes Harsh Penalties on Illegal Home Conversions

Brooklyn, Housing, Immigration, New York, Queens May 10, 2017 at 9:51 pm

The City Council passed a bill further restricting the illegal partitioning of homes, a dangerous practice to increase rents that affects particularly Hispanic tenants targeted by unscrupulous landlords, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

In Long Island City, 134 new buildings are being erected. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

Amid Building Boom, LIC Wonders Where the Green Areas Are

Environment, Housing, Queens May 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

Long Island City activists and residents worry that the urban development that is creating new housing and more jobs will starve the neighborhood of much-needed green spaces, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Resident Juana Narváez shows a picture of the mold in her cell phone. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

As NYCHA Residents Fume Over Mold, City Steps In

Housing, New York May 3, 2017 at 5:14 pm

NYCHA tenants frustrated by persistent mold issues are hopeful as the City Council introduces a new bill and the agency launches a pilot program to end the problem, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Helping the Homeless Ages 21 to 24

Helping the Homeless Ages 21 to 24

Housing, LGBTQ, Manhattan April 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Homeless advocates worried that there aren’t enough beds for the homeless aged 21-24 held a rally at City Hall on April 26, reports Gay City News.

Grace Chung, Dee Raymond (Photo via Sunnyside Post)

Protesting Displacement in Queens

Housing, Queens April 24, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Protesters say three city plans will lead to displacement and more gentrification in Queens, Sunnyside Post reports.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, alongside City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James and U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat at La Marqueta. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

A Tenants’ Rights Guide for the Undocumented

Housing, Immigration, New York April 13, 2017 at 5:07 pm

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a tenants’ rights guidance for immigrants facing landlord harassment and introduced a bill to make it easier to press charges against those landlords, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Fighting for Chinatown

Fighting for Chinatown

East Asian, Housing, Manhattan, Video March 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm

In the latest episode of CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources,” Chinatown advocacy organizations weigh in on efforts to maintain affordable housing and identity in the neighborhood amid gentrification.

Protesting the Bedford Union Armory development. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

The ‘Whitening’ of Crown Heights

Brooklyn, Housing March 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Amsterdam News reports on a new study that challenges the affordability of planned development at the Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights.

Bronx Housing Court (Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

‘Housing Instability’ and the Undocumented

Housing, Immigration, New York March 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm

The undocumented may be fearful of asserting their legal rights as tenants, housing advocates say in a City Limits article.

Los Sures Executive Director Ramon Peguero (Photo by Carmen Glover via Kings County Politics)

On Poverty and Affordable Housing in Williamsburg

Brooklyn, Housing, Latino, Social Services March 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm

In an interview with Kings County Politics, the executive director of affordable housing advocacy group Southside United HDFC, or “Los Sures,” disputes the idea that gentrification has done away with poverty in Williamsburg.

Helping Tenants in Flushing

Helping Tenants in Flushing

Housing, Queens, Video March 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Follow a tenant advocate as he talks with renters of apartments in Flushing.

Letitia James (Photo by Matthew Cohen via V Novom Svete)

The Public Advocate Meets with the Russian Community

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James met with members of the Russian-speaking community in Coney Island recently, V Novom Svete reports.

Brenda Temple has lived at Ocean Bay Apartments for nine years. (Photo by Kate Ryan for Voices of NY)

Breathing Room: the Fight to Protect NYCHA’s Green Spaces

Communities, Featured Posts, Housing, New York March 2, 2017 at 6:56 pm

Despite the objections of residents, the New York City Housing Authority is selling off green spaces and parking lots to developers to try to pay off a huge debt. Ground breaks on at least three major projects in the fall.

(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

De Blasio Plans 90 New Homeless Shelters

Government, Housing, New York March 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Mayor de Blasio laid out a plan to build 90 homeless shelters and cease operations on 360 hotels and other locations as part of his program to face the homeless crisis, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC on the steps of City Hall (Photo by Jarrett Lyons via City Limits)

Fighting Homelessness via Theater

Culture, Government, Housing, LGBTQ, New York May 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm

City Limits reports on the group Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, which recently performed works about homelessness, then worked to help craft some specific solutions.