I was born and raised in public housing, public housing was what kept a roof over my siblings and I head. Growing up we didn’t have much but we had enough, food on the table, clothes on our backs and a roof over our head. My mother was a single mother so I really don’t know where we would of been with out the assistance of public housing and rent stabilization. It’s very heart breaking, concerning, and alarming for people with my story to not have the same benefits I have had growing up.
We are currently apart of a affordable crisis, even after building “affordable housing” us as minorities still can not afford housing because of the income guidelines.
Gentrification is the process of pushing the low income people out and fixing the neighborhood to push the wealthy in. This plan is a horrible one for our communities. My concerns are once gentrification happen in different areas people will not be able to afford it and it will soon become a financial burden for working families and senior citizens. Our community can be Rebuilt but the prices shouldn’t go up! Tax The Rich!
- In 2016, more than one-third of low-income households lived in low-income neighborhoods at risk of or already experiencing displacement and gentrification pressures, comprising 24 percent of the New York metro area’s census tracts.
- Over 12% of neighborhoods in the region are gentrifying or in an advanced state of gentrification – defined as an increase in housing values or rents accompanied by an influx of high-income, high-educated residents – while almost 9% are experiencing displacement without gentrification.
- In 2018, 515 census tracts in the region were designated as Opportunity Zones under a program that provides tax incentives for private investment in low-income urban areas. Twenty-three percent of the tracts are located in gentrifying neighborhoods, and an additional thirty percent are in neighborhoods at risk of gentrification.
- There are 314 super-gentrified or exclusive neighborhoods in the metro region, forming a ring of very high-income suburban and exurban communities around New York City, in addition to creating islands of exclusion in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Most of these have long been exclusive, but some 71 of these neighborhoods transitioned between 1990 and 2016 from low-income areas to areas where the median household income, at $140,000 was greater than 200 percent of the regional median in 2016. The rapid rise of incomes in these neighborhoods suggests that gentrification is no longer just a problem for the urban core of New York City.
What Queen Is Fighting For!
- Turning Section 8 into housing guarantee. A new housing policy that will allow anyone who falls under hard times to be guaranteed housing. Currently when a person or family falls under hard times they are guaranteed SNAP, and Medicaid assistance. Once a family or person fall under the 30% income level they will be eligible.
- Eliminating the Major Capital Improvement loophole.
- Creating affordable housing through the new construction deal during an affordable crisis is not going to fix the problem.
- Banning source-of-income discrimination nationwide will be a necessary dual of reform in conjunction with the housing guarantee voucher.
- Invest 3 billion into Public Housing, In order to tackle the issue of homelessness and housing Prioritizing NYCHA residents who needs major repairs and have heating issues. In fact,NY-8 has a shortage of over 91,000 affordable rental homes.
- We must Tax The Rich to solve our housing crisis, by ending 421a and 485a tax breaks and passing new taxes on the wealthy, such as the pied-a-terre tax.