Press Releases

  • Leading Housing Researchers Challenge Proposed Fair Housing Rule Change

    October 17th 2019

    The NYU Furman Center and the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at U.C. Berkeley submitted public comments today arguing that a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ignores the demonstrated harms inflicted by segregation, fails to account for the basic structure of local zoning and land-use decisions, and imposes obligations on fair housing plaintiffs inconsistent with the basics of social science.  In light of these major flaws, the university researchers urge HUD to withdraw the proposed rule. Read the joint public comments.

  • NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates Announce Inaugural Cities Selected for Local Housing Solutions

    July 17th 2019

    The NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates announced today the cities of Atlanta, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and San Antonio as the first cohort selected to participate in the inaugural Local Housing Solutions Institute, a program to help cities and counties refine and strengthen their housing strategies to promote housing affordability and other locally defined housing goals. Senior officials from key housing and other agencies and organizations will take part in the Institute, designed by leading housing experts. The competitive application process generated over 20 proposals to participate from cities and counties across the country.

  • Report: Uneven Progress in School Diversity as New York City’s Neighborhoods Experience Change

    May 28th 2019

    A new report from the NYU Furman Center, The Diversity of New York City’s Neighborhoods and Schools, examines the racial and ethnic diversity of the city’s public elementary schools and the neighborhoods where they are located. 

  • The Challenges of Balancing Rent Stability, Fair Return, and Predictability

    May 24th 2019

    As policymakers consider changes to the state’s rent regulation system, a new fact brief from the NYU Furman Center, The Challenges of Balancing Rent Stability, Fair Return, and Predictability under New York’s Rent Stabilization System, details the tradeoffs between balancing affordability for tenants with a reasonable rate of return for owners. The authors suggest that changes to New York’s system need to strike the right balance between affordability and fair return and should make the system more predictable and transparent. Read The Challenges of Balancing Rent Stability, Fair Return, and Predictability under New York’s Rent Stabilization System.

  • Report: Public Housing is a Key Element in Sustaining New York City’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity

    April 30th 2019

    New York, NY— A new fact brief published by the NYU Furman Center outlines the critical role that the public housing plays in preserving racial, ethnic, and economic diversity in the city’s gentrifying and higher-income neighborhoods. The brief builds on previous work by the NYU Furman Center outlining NYCHA’s outsized role in housing the lowest-income New Yorkers. That crucial role in the affordable housing landscape combined with the geographic distribution of public housing developments in gentrifying areas means that many of the city’s neighborhoods owe their diversity to NYCHA’s public housing developments. Read How NYCHA Preserves Diversity in New York’s Changing Neighborhoods.

  • NYU Furman Center Names Matt Murphy Executive Director

    March 21st 2019

    The NYU Furman Center announced today the appointment of Matt Murphy as its new Executive Director. He will join the Furman Center on April 15 after an eight-year stint in City government, where he currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Policy and Strategy with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).

  • Newly Published Article Addresses Concerns about Housing Development

    January 31st 2019

    A newly published paper, “Supply Skepticism: Housing Supply and Affordability,” co-authored by NYU Furman Center faculty directors, discusses the rising concerns about whether new housing development contributes to the displacement of low- and moderate-income residents.  Reviewing the arguments raised by those who question the wisdom of new housing (“supply skeptics”) as well as existing research, the paper concludes that new construction can help to moderate price increases and alleviate housing cost burdens for low- and moderate-income families. But the paper argues that a balanced approach – adding new market-rate supply while also building and preserving subsidized affordable units – is critical to produce and sustain economically diverse cities. The article was published in a special January edition of Housing Policy Debate. Read Supply Skepticism: Housing Supply and Affordability.

  • New Release from Columbia University Press: The Dream Revisited

    January 24th 2019

    A new anthology released by Columbia University Press, The Dream Revisited: Contemporary Debates about Housing, Segregation, and Opportunity brings together a range of expert viewpoints on the causes and consequences of the nation’s separate and unequal living patterns. Leading scholars and practitioners, including civil rights advocates, affordable housing developers, elected officials, and fair housing lawyers, discuss the nature of and policy responses to residential segregation. The book features timely analyses of issues such as school integration, mixed income housing, and responses to gentrification from a diversity of viewpoints. A probing examination of a deeply rooted problem, The Dream Revisited offers pressing insights into the changing face of urban inequality. Edited by NYU Faculty Director Ingrid Gould Ellen and Justin Peter Steil of MIT.

  • Report: NYCHA’s Outsized Role in Housing New York’s Poorest Households

    December 17th 2018

    A new fact brief by the NYU Furman Center outlines the critical role the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) plays in providing stable housing for the city’s poorest households. 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.

  • Rollout of Universal Representation in New York City Housing Court Offers National Lessons

    December 12th 2018

    Today the NYU Furman Center released a policy brief examining the implementation of New York City’s Universal Access to Counsel (UAC) program for tenants facing eviction in housing court. 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.

  • NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates Launch Tool to Tackle High Housing Costs

    October 11th 2018 Provides a Policy Framework for Comprehensive and Balanced Local Housing Strategies

  • Report: NYU Furman Center Releases New Analysis of City’s Brownfield Cleanup Program

    July 31st 2018

    Policy brief provides detailed report on program used to remediate hundreds of brownfield sites in New York City.

  • NYU Furman Center Releases New Data on New York City’s Subsidized Housing

    June 28th 2018

    Fact brief provides new information on current and expiring subsidized housing in New York City.

  • Report: New York City’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.

  • Ken Zimmerman to Join the NYU Furman Center as Distinguished Fellow

    March 16th 2018

    Ken Zimmerman, Noted Policy Maker, Civil Rights Attorney, and Fair Housing Expert, to Join the NYU Furman Center as a Distinguished Fellow

  • NYU Furman Center Responds to HUD’s Assessment of Fair Housing Delay

    March 9th 2018

    In January 2018, the Trump administration announced that it was delaying the deadline for jurisdictions to complete an important analysis intended to ensure that communities are acting to reduce residential segregation and remove barriers to fair housing choice. In response to this delay, the NYU Furman Center evaluated some of the potential costs of the Trump administration’s action. The comments, prepared by NYU Furman Center Faculty Directors Vicki Been and Katherine O’Regan, focus specifically on the public engagement process, and were submitted to HUD on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

  • Small Units Can be Part of the Affordable Housing Solution in New York City, If Barriers Removed

    January 31st 2018

    A new NYU Furman Center report makes the case for building new small-unit housing to more affordably accommodate New York City’s single-person, low-income households.

  • Report: More Than 30 Million People Live in U.S. Floodplains

    December 18th 2017

    As the future of the National Flood Insurance Program remains uncertain, NYU Furman Center’s, and related data brief series, provides data about the people and housing in the nation’s floodplains 

  • Report: In U.S. Metros, More High-Income and Educated Households Opting to Rent

    October 5th 2017

    NYU Furman Center’s 2017 National Rental Housing Landscape finds that the majority of large U.S. metros saw an increase in the share of households that rented their homes, which was primarily driven by rise in higher-income and highly-educated households choosing to rent. Affordability challenges persist for low-income households, with high rent premiums for movers and historically high rent burdens across U.S. metros.

  • NYU Furman Center Launches

    May 25th 2017 provides access to data on people and housing in the U.S. floodplains. New analysis also finds that Florida, Texas, and California have highest risk to housing from flooding