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    New York City Property Tax Reform

    September 24th 2018

    This week, the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform will begin holding a series of public hearings on the current property tax system in New York City. Convened by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson in May, the commission is charged with developing proposals to make the system simpler, clearer, and fairer, while also ensuring no reduction in city revenues. Numerous public officials, advocates, and academics have called for property tax reform in order to address inequities within the current four-class property tax system. Currently, litigation is pending against the city in which a coalition of real estate developers and civil rights advocates assert that the property tax system is inequitable and discriminates on the basis of race. Read more »

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    A Better Conversation about Area Median Income (AMI)

    September 10th 2018

    There is a widespread misconception that the methodology used to calculate AMI prevents the poorest households from accessing affordable housing. That’s an intuitive response to affordable housing lotteries where the eligibility is too high for many neighborhood residents but these outcomes are the result of policy choices at the state and local level, not the methodology used to calculate AMI. Read more »

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    Characteristics of Local Schools Near Families with Federal Housing Assistance

    September 6th 2018

    Ingrid Gould Ellen, Faculty Director of the Furman Center, co-authored a new report on the characteristics of local schools near families with federal housing assistance. Read more »

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    NYU Furman Center Comment on 2020 U.S. Census

    September 4th 2018

    NYU Furman Center submitted a comment to the Department of Commerce on the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census. Read more »

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    Making Dirty Land Clean: An Analysis of New York City’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP)

    July 31st 2018

    A new policy brief by the NYU Furman Center examines how New York City’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) is being used to redevelop hundreds of brownfield sites in the city. The VCP is the city’s primary brownfield remediation program, providing oversight and support for developers to clean up properties with actual or potential contamination. The policy brief released today, Making Dirty Land Clean: An Analysis of New York City’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP), sheds light on this city program to incentivize remediation and redevelopment of contaminated sites. Read more »

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    REPORT: Growth in NYC’s Housing Stock is Outpaced by Growth in Adult Population and Job Growth

    May 24th 2018

    NYU Furman Center report explores changes in the New York City housing stock over time, factors that drive demand for housing, and measures of the responsiveness of housing supply; finds that housing stock is not growing enough to adequately moderate pressures that increasing demand is putting on rents and housing prices. Read more »

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    State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods in 2017

    May 24th 2018

    The State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods report, published annually by the NYU Furman Center, provides a compendium of data and analysis about New York City’s housing, land use, demographics, and quality of life for each borough and the city’s 59 community districts. Indicators are available for download on CoreData.nyc. Read more »

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    HUD Work Requirements: What They Would Mean for New Yorkers

    March 22nd 2018 | Jessica Yager

    As the Trump Administration considers reforms for HUD-administered rental assistance programs, we provide a snapshot of the employment and economic characteristics of households that would be affected by these changes in New York City and New York State. Read more »

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    Policy Minute: HUD Delays Critical Fair Housing Requirement

    March 9th 2018

    This Policy Minute explores the historical framework for HUD’s assessment of fair housing requirement and provides context for understanding the potential impact of the delay of that requirement. Read more »

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    The Potential Costs to Public Engagement of HUD’s Assessment of Fair Housing Delay

    March 7th 2018

    In January 2018, the Trump administration announced that it was delaying the deadline for jurisdictions to comply with an Obama-era rule requiring a robust examination of residential segregation and barriers to housing choice. In response, the NYU Furman Center evaluated some of the potential costs of the Trump administration’s action in comments submitted to HUD on March 6, 2018. Read more »