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New York City Public Housing
August 20, 2019
As New York works to preserve and stabilize its public housing, this Policy Minute explores related research, recent developments, and viewpoints.
Rent Regulation Reform
April 12th 2019
State lawmakers are gearing up to take action on the state rent laws that are set to expire in June. As public debate continues to grow about rent regulation reform, this Policy Minute explores recent developments, discussion, and research.
Perspectives on Housing Supply and Affordability
January 30, 2019
NYU Furman Center Faculty Directors Vicki Been, Ingrid Gould Ellen, and Katherine O’Regan recently published Supply Skepticism: Housing Supply and Affordability, which examines questions that opponents of new development raise about whether increasing the supply of market-rate housing improves housing affordability. More >>
Access to Counsel and Other Strategies to Prevent Displacement
December 21, 208
One of the major justifications for increasing access to legal representation is the concern that neighborhood changes such as gentrification may lead to increased tenant displacement. More >>
UPDATED: New York Property Tax System
September 24, 2018
The New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform will begin holding a series of public hearings on the current property tax system in New York City.
The Potential for Small Unit Housing
April 12, 2018
As more people opt to live alone, cities around the country are reevaluating how well their existing housing stock is meeting the changing demands of their residents. More>>
HUD Delays Critical Fair Housing Requirement
March 9, 2018
In January 2018, HUD announced its intention to delay a key component of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. This Policy Minute explores the historical framework for HUD’s assessment of fair housing requirement and provides context for understanding the potential impact of the delay of that requirement.
The Potential Impact of Tax Reform on Homeowners
December 14, 2017
The looming overhaul of the federal tax code has important implications for housing affordability. This Policy Minute, the second in a series of two, focuses on the potential impacts proposed changes to the tax code may have for homeownership.
The Potential Impact of Tax Reform on the Financing of Subsidized Housing
December 13, 2017
The looming overhaul of the federal tax code has important implications for housing affordability. This Policy Minute, the first in a series of two, focuses on how the House and Senate tax reform bills could affect state and local governments' ability to finance the production or preservation of affordable housing.
Housing a Nation: Housing Choice Vouchers
August 24, 2017
The Housing Choice Voucher program is a rental subsidy that expands the rental options of low-income families by providing the opportunity to access market-rate units in a broad range of neighborhoods. This third installment of the NYU Furman Center’s Housing a Nation Policy Minute series summarizes timely research and sheds light on how this subsidy operates in jurisdictions across the U.S. More >>
Housing a Nation: Public Housing
July 13, 2017
Public housing is the federal government’s only permanently affordable housing program. This second installment of the NYU Furman Center’s Housing a Nation Policy Minute series summarizes timely research and sheds light on how these subsidies operate in jurisdictions across the U.S. More >>
Housing a Nation: The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
February 17, 2017
The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), established by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, is the nation’s largest subsidy for the construction of affordable rental housing for low-income households. This first installment of the NYU Furman Center’s Housing a Nation Policy Minute series summarizes timely research and sheds light on how these subsidies operate in jurisdictions across the U.S. More >>
May 26, 2016
Gentrification is an evolving topic, affecting many urban areas and highlighting some of the challenges that arise as neighborhoods evolve. This Policy Minute presents some of the latest research on gentrification, displacement, and neighborhood change. More >>
New York State Property Tax System
February 5, 2016
In January, the New York State Assembly Committee on Real Property Taxation held a public hearing to evaluate New York City’s real property taxation system. Over the years, there have been numerous calls for reform from public officials, advocates, and academics alike, to address inequities within the current four property class system. More >>
Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning
December 18, 2015
Many local governments are adopting inclusionary zoning as a means of producing affordable housing without direct public subsidies.With such a program, provided market-rate development continues, affordable units are automatically created without the need for any direct expenditure of city subsidy dollars. More >>
Multifamily Housing Resilience
October 29, 2015
Three years after Superstorm Sandy made landfall, New York City's multifamily housing stock continues to face design and financial challenges in adapting to become more resilient against future storms. More >>
Minimum Parking Requirements
October 14, 2015
New York City’s minimum parking requirements requires affordable housing developers to provide some off-street parking in most neighborhoods, which drives up the cost of that housing. More >>