The latest news and analysis from the NYU Furman Center.
News & Events
Under One Roof: Building an Abolitionist Approach to Housing Justice
The NYU Furman Center hosted this virtual event, comprised of two panel discussions. The first panel provided a history and overview of abolitionist concepts, from the end of chattel slavery to present day impacts of American segregation. The second panel explored the application of an abolitionist lens to address racial injustice in the field of housing policy today.
Data Update: Eviction Filings in New York City as Some Renter Protections Expire
In late September, we analyzed the magnitude of a potential deluge of eviction filings caused by pandemic-related income losses. Although the “tsunami” has thankfully not yet materialized and the volume of filings and evictions remains significantly below previous year levels, New York City housing courts are once again accepting filings, scheduling hearings, allowing parties to default, and executing warrants of eviction.
News & Events
Policy Breakfast: Reforming State Zoning for Affordability, Integration, and Growth
The NYU Furman Center hosted a two-part virtual policy breakfast series reviewing efforts across the country to tackle exclusionary zoning, and discussing the lessons these initiatives hold for New York.
Rental Assistance Need in Five of New York’s Mid-Sized Cities
Analyses of housing and urban policy often overlook renters in small and mid-sized cities. In this post, we pay special attention to this population by examining the impact of COVID-19 on renters in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers, five critical regional anchors in New York State. We estimate the rental assistance need of renters who work in vulnerable occupations in these mid-sized cities.
Research & Policy
Breaking Barriers, Boosting Supply
The Urban Institute’s Opportunity for All project aims to promote federal strategies that support strong and inclusive neighborhoods. In one of the project’s briefs, “Breaking Barriers, Boosting Supply,” Furman Center Faculty Director Ingrid Gould Ellen and the Urban Institute’s Solomon Greene advocate for the federal government to tie state funding opportunities to local affordable housing goals. They highlight the potential for national policy reform to incentivize communities to take action in improving land use and zoning regulations, ultimately allowing for more affordable housing and healthier, more diverse neighborhoods.