The Bedford-Stuyvesant Housing Plan is the result of a community-driven process to evaluate and improve upon the agency's affordable housing investments in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The housing plan summarizes the community’s goals for affordable housing development, plans for future development of affordable housing on City-owned land, and strategies for supporting tenants and homeowners across the neighborhood.
By working with local community groups and coordinating housing-related city agencies, the housing plan is designed to ensure that government programs and investments are working towards common objectives for the neighborhood and that housing developed on public land responds to local needs. 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 local community-based partners.
Bedford-Stuyvesant is a historically Black neighborhood that is rapidly changing. Demographics are shifting, rents are rising, and long-time residents are being pressured sell. The neighborhood has a rich history of community leadership, a strong network of community and faith-based organizations, and a stock of City-owned vacant land that can be used to address these pressing issues. Convening local leaders with partners across government, HPD worked to create a unified plan to solve community housing issues using a race-forward approach.
Short-Term Rentals Webinar
On November 17, 2021, HPD held a webinar in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement and the Center for NYC Neighborhoods to educate Bed-Stuy homeonwers and other stakeholders about laws pertaining to short-term rentals.
The housing plan builds on the pioneering neighborhood preservation success of local organizers in the 1960s, and advances a series of strategies focused on homeowner and tenant displacement. The plan will also help ensure City programs, public services, and community resources are coordinated and aligned with the neighborhood's unique challenges. The goals of the plan are to:
HPD released the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Wealth and Wellness RFP for two City-owned sites in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Community feedback analysis of existing and planned affordable housing, community facilities, and retail have informed the following site goals:
Fulton-Howard East: Homeownership
Proposals for this site should incorporate homeownership opportunities for moderate-income, first-time homebuyers and consider ground-floor programming that supports the overall goals of the initiative.
Fulton-Saratoga: Community Wellness and Healing
Proposals for this site should incorporate building design, uses, and programming that brings residents together around community, health, wellness, healing, and food sovereignty and security. This site will include between 220 and 240 affordable apartments with a requirement that between 80 and 100 apartments will be affordable senior apartments. Community recommendations include:
HPD launched the Bed-Stuy Housing Initiative in Spring of 2019. As part of the initiative HPD has hosted a series of public workshops and roundtable events to engage residents, elected officials, community-based organizations, and housing-related government agencies. 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 local community-based partners.
Between June 2019 and January 2020, HPD hosted a series of public interactive workshops:
HPD also held Tenant Resource Fairs in the neighborhood so tenants know their rights and available housing-related resources, Property Owner Events for homeowners and landlords to troubleshoot issues and share resources, and Community Partner Roundtables and Preservation Stakeholder Meetings to better understand housing issues in the neighborhood.
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