FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 7, 2017
CONTACT: Juliet Pierre-Antoine, 212-863-5682
Jason Rubin, 212-863-7879
REMINDER: THE 2017 NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AND VACANCY SURVEY IS ONGOING AND PERSONAL INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL
The voices of all New Yorkers are critical to the future of housing in New York City
The triennial Housing and Vacancy Survey is essential to preserve rent regulation protections for
New York City residents
Voluntary interviews can be anonymous and are being conducted in both English and Spanish with accessibility in other languages
New York, NY – New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer reminds New Yorkers of the ongoing 2017 New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (HVS) and encourages all communities to participate. The survey is required by State and City rent-regulation laws to determine New York City’s overall vacancy rate for rental housing. A rental vacancy rate below five percent triggers the declaration of a “housing emergency,” which is necessary for the continuation of rent regulation protections for New York City residents. Lack of participation will result in inaccurate results, which could put rent protections at risk.
“HPD encourages all New Yorkers selected for The Housing and Vacancy Survey to participate and make their voices heard,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “Confidentiality is assured, respondents do not have to answer questions that make them uncomfortable, and immigration status will not be questioned. Our only goal is to ensure that all communities are represented in a survey that is absolutely critical to the future of rent protections and housing policy in our city.”
Top 5 Facts for Survey Takers
For more information on what the City is doing to protect immigrant New Yorkers, please visit nyc.gov/immigrants. Arrangements for interpretation and translations are available in individuals' primary languages.
Survey participants will be part of a representative sample of about 19,000 households. Each household selected to participate in the survey will represent the voices of about 170 of their neighbors’ households. This is why it is so important for all selected households to answer survey questions. Participation in the survey is voluntary, but the thirty minutes it takes to complete the survey will have a real impact in securing better, more affordable, and safer housing for millions of New Yorkers.
In addition to justifying rent stabilization laws, the survey also evaluates the city’s overall housing inventory, neighborhood and housing conditions, wheelchair accessibility, rental and ownership rates, utility costs, and the city’s median income and rent levels. The HVS is an important resource for housing policy reforms and programs.
The survey is expected to run through May 2017. The initial findings will be released in early 2018.
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
HPD is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers at the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.