Rising rents and stagnating incomes have led to an unprecedented affordable housing shortage in New York City. To address these challenges, Mayor de Blasio released an ambitious housing agenda in 2014 that set forth a multi-pronged, ten-year plan to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing. However, the administration faces numerous challenges that could impede the completion of its goal.  
The NYU Furman Center's five-part series, Housing for an Inclusive New York: Affordable Housing Strategies for a High-Cost City, explores the challenges of providing affordable housing in New York City. The series explores five key issues: mandatory inclusionary zoning; the tradeoffs involved in developing on underused NYCHA land; the challenge of preserving affordable rents in unsubsidized housing; the reform of the 421-a tax exemption; and the preservation of subsidized housing. The series aims to provide data and policy analysis to inform policymaking and contribute to the public debate on these central issues.