• NYCHA Diversity Fact Brief Cover

    Research & Policy

    How NYCHA Preserves Diversity in New York’s Changing Neighborhoods.

    April 30th 2019

    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 neighborhoods means that many of the city’s neighborhoods owe their diversity to NYCHA’s public housing developments. Read more »

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    The Potential of the Fair Housing Act’s Affirmative Mandate and HUD’s AFFH Rule

    April 25th 2019

    NYU Furman Center Faculty Director Katherine O’Regan and NYU Furman Center Distinguished Fellow Ken Zimmerman recently published an article in the journal Cityscape, examining The Potential of the Fair Housing Act’s Affirmative Mandate and HUD’s AFFH Rule. The article reviews the Fair Housing Act (FHA) as well as HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule and reflects on the ongoing barriers to fair housing. Read more »

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    Research & Policy

    Policy Minute: 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. New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie recently announced a package of bills aimed at strengthening rent regulation laws and increasing tenant protections. Read more »

  • Legal Fellow Sophia House Co-Authors Paper on Shared Experience in Peer-Delivered Services

    April 5th 2019

    NYU Furman Center Legal Fellow Sophia House and colleagues recently published What We Have in Common’: A Qualitative Analysis of Shared Experience in Peer-Delivered Services in the Community Mental Health Journal. The paper examines the role of “shared experience” in peer-delivered mental health services and addresses a gap in existing research about the role of shared experience in peer provider-client relationships. Read more »

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    Research & Policy

    Faculty Director Vicki Been Testifies at Charter Revision Expert Forum

    March 26th 2019

    On March 21st, Furman Center Faculty Director Vicki Been testified on a Land Use expert panel before the 2019 NYC Charter Revision Commission. Her testimony focused on proposed changes to the city charter that would require the city to develop a comprehensive plan that sets long-term development goals. Been raised concerns about the proposal, noting that the city already carries out a significant amount of planning, and it is unclear how a comprehensive plan would differ from the city’s many efforts. She emphasized that the there is no clear agreed upon definition of comprehensive planning and that submitting such an ambiguous concept to a vote could prove confusing and dangerous for New York City and its voters. Read more »

  • Webinar Training: Using CoreData to Analyze Citywide Trends at the Neighborhood Level

    March 22nd 2019

    This free webinar training was hosted by NYU Furman Center researchers on March 21, 2019. The webinar explores how users can use the CoreData.nyc platform to analyze citywide findings from the State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods Report, and the State of New York’s Subsidized Housing Report at the neighborhood level. Read more »

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    NYU Furman Center Names Matt Murphy Executive Director

    March 21st 2019

    The NYU Furman Center announced 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). His present portfolio includes the Office of Housing Policy and the Office of Strategic Operations and Analytics, which leads the development of strategies to advance HPD’s housing policy objectives and oversee initiatives to help achieve agency goals and improve operations Read more »

  • Policy Breakfast: Local Control in Land Use Decisions, Implications for Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Integration - March 6, 2019, 8:30-10:00am, at the NYU School of Law - #FCbreakfast

    News & Events

    Video: Policy Breakfast on Local control in land use decisions: Implications for affordable housing

    March 6th 2019

    On March 6th, the NYU Furman Center hosted over 200 participants for the policy breakfast “Local control in land use decisions: Implications for affordable housing and for neighborhood integration. A diverse panel of housing advocates, legal scholars and practioners debated the benefits and drawbacks of local control, and the merits of moving land use decision-making towards the city level.  Read more »

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    The Dream Revisited: Local Control, Affordable Housing, and Segregation

    March 5th 2019

    The NYU Furman Center has launched the twenty-sixth discussion in the The Dream Revisited series, an online forum of debates and perspectives on racial and economic segregation. The new debate Local Control, Affordable Housing, and Segregation, explores how local control in land use decision-making may influence the availability of affordable housing and contribute to economic and racial segregation. Featuring four essays from legal scholars, practitioners, and advocates, the new debate weighs the potential benefits and drawbacks of “scaling up” the zoning process, and moving land use decision-making towards the city, state, or regional level. Read more »

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    Research & Policy

    Supply Skepticism: Housing Supply and Affordability

    January 31st 2019

    Will building more housing lead to more affordable rents and lower home prices? Economics 101 says yes, but an increasingly vocal cohort of advocates and activists—supply skeptics—oppose new housing construction on the grounds that it will not enhance affordability in their communities and might, instead, increase prices and rents. Read more »