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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.
Data Update: Eviction Filings in NYC Since COVID-19
The economic fallout from COVID-19 has led to fears of a “tsunami” of eviction filings, with an estimated 735,000 households having lost employment income in New York City as of early June. In this post, we summarize key data that provide insights into recent trends in eviction filings in New York City housing courts. Since March, a combination of federal, state, and local orders has limited the eviction process, and prevented the worst-case scenario thus far.
Research & Policy
Gentrification and the Health of Legacy Residents
Given the well-researched connection between neighborhoods and health outcomes, it seems a reasonable assumption that gentrification has an impact on residents’ health. This is the topic of “Gentrification and the Health of Legacy Residents,” written by NYU Furman Center Faculty Director Ingrid Gould Ellen and Graduate Researcher Alexis Captanian, published in Health Affairs. In the article, Ellen and Captanian review existing literature on the effects of gentrification to explore how it might influence individual health outcomes for low-income households who stay in place even as the neighborhoods around them change.