Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Bed-Stuy Housing Initiative

Bedford-Stuyvesant is a historically Black neighborhood that is rapidly changing. Demographics are shifting, and long-time residents are feeling the pressure that a strong real estate market is exerting on rents and home prices. Over the last decade, rents in Bed-Stuy have risen at twice the citywide rate. At the same time, the City owns a significant amount of land in the neighborhood, some of which has been vacant for decades.

HPD is launching the Bed-Stuy Housing Initiative to evaluate and improve upon the agency's affordable housing investments in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Through targeted stakeholder engagement, the initiative will coordinate housing-related agencies working in Bed-Stuy, to ensure that HPD programs and capital investments are working towards common objectives for the neighborhood, and that any housing developed on public land responds to local needs.

HPD will host a series of public workshops and roundtable events in 2019 to engage residents, elected officials, community-based organizations, and housing-related government agencies. At the end of the process, a report that summarizes community feedback, evaluates the impact of the agency’s work, and identifies opportunities for improvement will be created and shared with the public.

The Initiative is a collaboration with Brooklyn Community Board 3, the Office of the Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr., the Office of Council Member Alicka Ampry Samuel, the Office of Borough President Eric L. Adams, and over 20 local community based partners.

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Upcoming Workshop and Updates

HPD hosted a Community Visioning Workshop on Wednesday, June 26, to gather ideas from the public for the development of new affordable housing and neighborhood amenities on underutilized City-owned sites along Fulton Street and Myrtle Avenue.

If you were unable to join us for the Community Visioning Workshop, please see the presentation and share your input on the sites by clicking the button below: 

 

 

The kick-off workshop and housing resource fair was held on April 30, 2019. If you weren't able to make it, see the presentation and acommpanying boards for more information. 

Preliminary Goals

A set of shared goals will be developed with the community, but HPD has identified the following initial priorities:

  1. Support homeowners and small property owners in financial distress
  2. Promote safe and healthy housing, and the physical well-being of properties
  3. Protect tenants through more targeted outreach
  4. Advance opportunities to create new affordable housing on City-owned land
  5. Support a collaborative network of housing-related organizations
  6. Ensure affordable housing investments promote equity by increasing access to units and supporting economic development through community-serving jobs
  7. Use a place-based approach to understand gaps and limitations of housing programs that can be improved citywide

Process

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Public Workshops: Starting in April 2019, HPD will host a series of public workshops to convene housing-related agencies and community stakeholders in Bed-Stuy. At the workshops we wll:

  • Create a vision for the Initiative
  • Identify goals and priorities
  • Brainstorm solutions
  • Create draft strategies for implementation
Tenant Resource Fairs: HPD will hold Tenant Resource Fairs in Bed-Stuy so tenants know their rights and what housing-related resources are available.

Property Owner Events: HPD will support homeowners and landlords in financial distress by holding events for property owners to troubleshoot issues and share resources. 

Roundtable Events: HPD will hold small group discussions with housing-related community partner organizations to better understand housing issues in the neighborhood. 

Questions?

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to bedstuy@hpd.nyc.gov