REAL AFFORDABILITY FOR ALL
New York City is at a breaking point. Nearly half of all residents are living near the poverty line. While real wages have been depressed for the majority of New Yorkers, housing costs are soaring. Over the past ten years, rents have increased at twice the rate of household incomes citywide. At the same time, the number of rent-regulated apartments has been steadily declining, and most new housing construction has been geared toward the rich, which has caused neighborhood displacement and record levels of homelessness.
ALIGN joined the Real Affordability for All Coalition along with tenant associations, community organizations, faith groups, immigrant advocates, and others to urge the city to preserve and create real affordable housing, and to ensure that new affordable housing development creates good local jobs.
Both de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) are intended to boost the supply of affordable housing across the city.
As this process unfolds, we need additional tools to reach affordable and stable housing for communities. Apartments for residents making below 30% of the area median income (AMI) should be prioritized alongside career-track jobs for low-income NYC residents.
The Real Affordability for All campaign is currently in the process of supporting local fights on zoning issues while developing a citywide campaign. For more information checkout http://www.realaffordabilityforall.org/
THE ALLIANCE FOR A JUST REBUILDING
The Alliance for a Just Rebuilding transformed the $850 million Build It Back initiative to repair and rebuild 10,000 homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy into a program that links rebuilding and resiliency efforts with job training and career opportunities for the most disadvantaged people in NYC.
NEW YORK CARING ACROSS GENERATIONS
The New York Caring Across Generations campaign led by ALIGN won an additional $1.5 million in the city budget to provide home care services to low-income and undocumented seniors and to support living wage home care jobs. This followed a participatory action research project and report that identified key problems in the home care industry and steps to improve it.