Panel Discussion Explores Potential for Small Unit Housing in New York City

News & Events | March 1st 2018

On February 21, 2018, the NYU Furman Center convened a panel discussion that explored the viability of small unit housing in New York City. 

Given the New York City's growing population of single-person households and the need for housing assistance across all household sizes, the panel explored the pros and cons of reforms that the city might implement to encourage the creation of more small units, including self-contained micro units and efficiency units with shared facilities. Panelists also considered how the city might strategically allocate subsidy resources.

Panelists included:

  • Gale A. Brewer, President, Borough of Manhattan
  • Kirk Goodrich, Managing Director and Partner, Monadnock Development LLC
  • Matt Murphy, Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Strategy, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  • Sarah Watson, Deputy Director, Citizens Housing & Planning Council
  • Vicki Been (Moderator), Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center and Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU School of Law

Preceeding the panel discussion, NYU Furman Center Executive Director Jessica Yager presented research findings from a recently-released report titled, 21st Century SROs: Can Small Housing Units Help Meet the Need for Affordable Housing in New York City? The report makes the case for building new small-unit housing to more affordably accommodate NYC's single-person, low-income households and provides policy recommendations to remove barriers to construction. 




Read the policy brief: 21st Century SROs: Can Small Housing Units Help Meet the Need for Affordable Housing in New York City?

Read the white paper (PDF) >>

Read the press release: Small Units Can be Part of the Affordable Housing Solution in New York City, If Barriers Removed

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