The City of New York is launching a comprehensive fair housing planning process called Where We Live NYC. Led by HPD, in partnership with NYCHA, Where We Live NYC will study and address patterns of segregation, integration, and concentrated poverty, and how these patterns impact New Yorkers’ access to opportunities – including jobs, education, safety, public transit, and positive health outcomes. The process will involve data and policy analysis, extensive community participation, and the creation of goals and strategies to promote fair housing and equal opportunity in New York City. We look forward to having meaningful and candid conversations with a diverse set of community leaders, service providers, advocates, and residents to inform this effort. Please email WhereWeLiveNYC@hpd.nyc.gov for more information, or check back on the HPD website for updates as this process gets underway.
“Zombie homes” can be defined as vacant, deteriorated small homes whose owners are behind on their mortgage payments. Thanks to funding from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, HPD launched the Zombie Homes Initiative in July 2017, a one-year pilot program. Through this initiative, HPD will conduct exterior surveys of zombie homes; aggregate information about zombie homes through a new database; design new approaches to return zombie homes to productive use; and conduct outreach to homeowners at risk of foreclosure.
Legislated in 2016, Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) are two of the many initiatives that make up the Housing New York plan, Mayor de Blasio's roadmap for creating and preserving 200,000 affordable homes to serve a range of New Yorkers, from the very poorest to the middle class households that make up the City's workforce.