• The Dream Revisited - Contemporary Debates about Housing Segregation and Opportunity - Edited by Ingrid Gould Ellen and Justin Peter Steil

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    The Dream Revisited: Contemporary Debates about Housing, Segregation, and Opportunity

    January 21st 2019

    The Dream Revisited takes as a starting point the belief that all people should be able to live with equal dignity and recognition of their humanity, and that part of the realization of the ideals of the United States is a continuing responsibility to advance equal access to opportunity for all individuals. Even with these basic principles as a starting point, there is still significant disagreement about the causes of contemporary residential segregation, the consequences of that segregation, and how we as individuals and as a nation should address it. Learn more about The Dream Revisited, available now from Columbia University Press. Read more »

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    Policy Minute: Access to Counsel and Other Strategies to Prevent Displacement

    December 21st 2018

    This Policy Minute rounds up recent developments and research on increasing access to legal representation to prevent displacement. Read more »

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    Fact Brief: NYCHA’s Outsized Role in Housing New York’s Poorest Households

    December 17th 2018

    As the largest landlord in New York, New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) units represent almost six percent of all occupied housing citywide, and almost nine percent of all occupied rental housing. The city’s public housing provides shelter to substantially more households than any other place-based housing assistance program in the city. In 2017 over 60 percent of the roughly 174,000 households in NYCHA’s public housing developments earned 30 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) or less. That translates to just $28,600 annually for a family of four. These households would have few housing options in New York City without the affordability offered in public housing. Read more »

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    Policy Brief: National Lessons of NYC’s Universal Access to Counsel Program

    December 12th 2018

    In 2017, New York City enacted the first legislation in the country providing legal representation for all income-eligible tenants facing eviction. The legislation, sponsored by Council Members Vanessa Gibson and Mark Levine, has been implemented in four zip codes in each of New York’s five boroughs, with citywide universal access mandated by July 2022. As major cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Newark, Cleveland, and Boston consider expanding access to counsel, New York’s experience offers important lessons for program design and implementation. Read more »

  • Policy Breakfast - Reforming Rent Stabilization in New York City - November 29, 2018, 8:30-10:00am, at the NYU School of Law - #FCbreakfast

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    VIDEO: Policy Breakfast on Reforming Rent Stabilization in New York City

    December 11th 2018

    Close to 1 million apartments in New York City are subject to the state’s rent stabilization laws, which regulate how rents can rise. In June, 2019, those laws are set to expire. On November 29th, 2018 the NYU Furman Center hosted an event to bring experts together to explore ideas for reforming the rent laws. Read more »

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    Gentrification and Fair Housing: Does Gentrification Further Integration?

    December 10th 2018

    On the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, long-time residents of cities across the country feel increasingly anxious that they will be priced out of their homes and communities, as growing numbers of higher-income, college-educated households opt for downtown neighborhoods. These fears are particularly acute among black and Latino residents. Yet when looking through the lens of fair housing, gentrification also offers a glimmer of hope, as the moves that higher-income, white households make into predominantly minority, lower-income neighborhoods are moves that help to integrate those neighborhoods, at least in the near term. Read more »

  • Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management’s (APPAM) 2018 Conference in Washington D.C

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    NYU Furman Center Researchers Present New & Forthcoming Work at the 2018 APPAM Research Conference

    November 12th 2018

    APPAM brings together academics and research on a variety of emerging policy issues, exploring ways to bring global and inter-disciplinary perspectives into conversations on pressing challenges, ranging from changing population demographics and economic inequality to climate change. This year’s conference theme was “Evidence for Action: Encouraging Innovation and Improvement”. Read more »

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    Neighbors and Networks: The role of social interactions on the residential choices

    October 24th 2018

    NYU Furman Center Faculty Director Ingrid Gould Ellen co-authored a paper with Michael Suher and Gerard Torrats-Espinosa considering the role of information and social influence in determining the effective set of potential housing choices for participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Read more »

  • A Shared Future: Fostering Communities of Inclusion in an Era of Inequality

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    Book Release - A Shared Future: Fostering Communities of Inclusion in an Era of Inequality

    October 22nd 2018

    The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University recently published A Shared Future: Fostering Communities of Inclusion in an Era of Inequality. The book features leading academics, practitioners, and policymakers examining different aspects of the complex and deeply rooted problem of residential segregation, and proposing concrete steps to achieve meaningful change. NYU Furman Center Furman Faculty Directors Vicki Been, Ingrid Gould Ellen, and Katherine O’Regan each authored chapters on displacement, gentrification, and affirmatively furthering fair housing, respectively. Read more »

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    Mark A. Willis Testifies at Public Hearing for the NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform

    October 16th 2018

    On Monday, October 15th, 2018, Mark A. Willis, a Senior Policy Fellow at the NYU Furman Center, testified at the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform Public Hearing. This hearing was held as a part of the NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform’s efforts to evaluate the current property tax system in New York City, and recommend reforms to make it fairer, simpler, and more transparent while not reducing city revenues. The co-chairs of the commission are Professor Vicki Been and Marc Shaw. Read more »