Housing, Homeless & Human Rights

The Housing, Homeless & Human Rights  Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. Please check the calendar page each month for the location of the meeting and tentative agenda

This committee deals with the provision of services and other matters related to housing and the homeless. With respect to housing, the committee monitors and reviews the services provided by the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development and monitors and formulates various resolutions on affordable housing, rent control and rent stabilization, federal Section 8 vouchers, the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption law and Mitchell-Lama housing. With respect to the homeless, the committee monitors the services provided by the Department of Homeless Services and meets with other private and public providers of services for the homeless including the Coalition for the Homeless, the East Side Alliance, the Grand Central BID, the 30th Street Men’s Shelter, and Urban Pathways.   On Human Rights, the committee monitors all issues of discrimination such as proper enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Rajesh Nayar, Acting Chair
Aissata Camara
Pedro Carrillo
Aaron Humphrey
Mary Silver
Carin van der Donk
Pamela Vassil
Claude L. Winfield

Public Members
Sondra Leftoff

Committee Minutes
Housing, Homeless & Human Rights Minutes – May 9, 2017
Housing, Homeless & Human Rights Minutes – Feb 14, 2017
Housing, Homeless & Human Rights Minutes – Jan 10, 2017
Housing, Homeless & Human Rights Minutes – Nov 15, 2016

Resources and Information

Family and Social Services
Residents of Community Board 6 have access to a variety of services aimed at helping families, at-risk-youth, incarcerated mothers, and families with special needs. See our Families & Social Services page for a list of organizations. If you would like to add an organization to this list, please email office@cbsix.org with information about the organization.

New City Housing Initiatives
As a key part of Mayor de Blasio’s housing plan, Housing New York, the Department of City Planning has a proposal for a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program. It would increase the number of affordable housing units in new construction, and increase the number of units that will be permanently affordable. See a presentation about MIH given to CB6 in September. Zoning regulations are being updated to encourage affordability and improve the quality of new buildings. Here’s a presentation on the new Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal, which aims to address those issues.

Improvements needed for NYC public housing
From 2001 to 2011, living conditions in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartments deteriorated severely, according to a Community Service Society report, Strengthening New York City’s Public Housing: Directions for Change.”  Against the backdrop of Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious affordable housing plan, and a yet-to-be-released city plan to address NYCHA issues, the report examines the factors involved in this decline, and asks how NYCHA can again provide minimally decent housing and become financially solvent.

HPD has posted the Area Median Income (AMI) as issued by HUD for 2014

Improved Affordability for Proposed Micro Unit Project
Council Member Rosie Mendez, in consultation with CB6 Board Member Claude L. Winfield and the Housing, Homeless, and Human Rights Committee, has negotiated with the former Bloomberg Administration to upgrade the affordability of the pilot micro-unit building proposed for 335 East 27th St.  Former Deputy Mayor Robert Steel, in an October 2013 letter, stated that 40% of the 55 units will be affordable, and their rent levels will be set for thirty years. 20% of the total units will be affordable to households whose incomes are up to 80% of Area Median Income, and 5% of units to households with incomes up to 130% of AMI.  The City will include a 25% preference for NYCHA residents, including but not limited to a preference for tenants from CB6.

NYC’s Inclusionary Zoning Program must be changed from voluntary to guaranteed, and expanded Citywide, to stem affordability shortage
Two recent reports review NYC’s inclusionary zoning (IZ) program. Council Member Brad Lander’s report found that since the program was created in 2005, IZ produced the construction or preservation of over 2,769 affordable housing units.  However, only two neighborhoods have reaped the majority of those benefits.  While many other US cities’ IZ programs require 10, 15 or 20% of new multifamily housing to be affordable, NYC’s voluntary, incentive-based inclusionary zoning program has only generated 2% of all multifamily units built since 2005.  A report from The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development report lays out a road map for the next administration to create significant affordable housing through a citywide, guaranteed inclusionary zoning program.  Both reports recommend converting the program from voluntary to guaranteed, and expanding the program citywide.  See summaries and links to both full reports.

Manhattan Borough Board resolutions on MIH and ZQA Zoning Proposals
On November 30, 2015 the Borough Board passed resolutions opposing the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA).

Presentations at CB6 Housing Homeless and Human Right Committee
At its November 10, 2015 meeting, the Committee heard presentations on Semiperm Housing, a new type of transitional housing project serving homeless families, and the NYC Family Justice Center, supporting victims of domestic violence. Review the minutes here.