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Issues: Affordable Housing

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Public Housing

  • Expand high-quality, mixed-income public housing to increase the supply of affordable housing and end the housing affordability crisis facing over half of all renters in New York State.

  • Increase state funding for underfunded public housing authorities.

Rent Control

  • Home Rule on Rent Regulation: Repeal the Urstadt Law.

  • Provide rent stabilization coverage for all Mitchell-Lama and project-based Section 8 buildings that have left government supervision.

  • Statewide income-based tax credit for renters.

Protect Owner-Occupied Homes

  • Statewide income-based property tax circuit breaker for homeowners.

  • Moratorium on home foreclosures.

  • Require banks to refinance mortgages at homes' current market values.

  • Increase registration, inspections, enforcement, and penalties for code and tax delinquency violations by bank-owned properties.

End Homelessness

  • Homes: Build enough affordable housing units to meet the need.

  • Services: Fund the public services and benefits low-income people need to make ends meet, including welfare benefits, housing vouchers, SNAP, education, jobs, public transportation, child care, health care, mental and behavioral health care, substance abuse treatment, and case management.

  • Social Inclusion: Provide homes and services in a way that actively promotes social inclusion and human connections for beneficiaries and counteracts any stigmatization of them as poor, homeless, addicted, or mentally ill, which can lead to another bout of homelessness for isolated people.

  • Prevention: Provide public services and benefits to people in need before they are rendered homeless.

Desegregate Housing by Race and Class

  • Fair Housing: Strengthen enforcement of fair housing laws.

  • Mixed-Income Public Housing: Expand high-quality, mixed-income public housing across metropolitan regions to reduce housing segregation.

  • End Source of Income Discrimination: Enact a law prohibiting discrimination against renters with any lawful, verifiable source of income, including Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), veteran's benefits, Family Assistance, Safety Net Assistance, child support, alimony, unemployment insurance, pensions, and wages.

  • Inclusionary Zoning: Prohibit exclusionary zoning ordinances that prevent the development of low- and moderate-income housing in local jurisdictions and mandate inclusionary zoning to require a mix low-income, moderate-income, and market rate units in new or substantially rehabilitated housing developments appropriate to the housing needs of each metropolitan and rural region.

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