Citywide Planning Initiatives


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 300,000 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.

Urban Renewal

In accordance with Local Law No. 40 of 2018, the Urban Renewal webpage includes information regarding the urban renewal law, an explanatory urban renewal research guide, links to resources for conducting such research, links to individual webpages featuring urban renewal plans/areas, and an illustrative map that indicates by icon the approximate locations of all currently and formerly designated urban renewal areas in New York City.

Where We Live NYC

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 for more information, or check back on the HPD website for updates as this process gets underway.

Zombie Homes Initiative

“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. Through this initiative, HPD conducts exterior surveys of zombie homes; aggregates information about zombie homes through a new database; designs new approaches to return zombie homes to productive use; and conducts outreach to homeowners at risk of foreclosure.