Showing entries tagged with: housing
June 2, 2017
Preferential Rents: Benefit or Threat? // Views from the Northwest Bronx
The use of preferential rents—negotiated rents that are less than the legal rent— has become more prominent recently as an issue for tenants, in the news and in Bronx set-up sheets for multifamily building sales. In this piece, UNHP aims to discuss how preferential rents, once considered a benefit to tenants, could undermine the financial stability of multifamily buildings and its lenders as well as threaten the tenancy of Bronx residents - 70 percent of whom are already vulnerable to displacement.
May 24, 2017
Is the Bronx Building? Look for Yourself // Views from the Northwest Bronx
The Bronx is under construction: cranes, excavators, scaffolding, and green demolition fences are everywhere. For long-time community staffers and residents in the northwest Bronx, the building and demolition we see as we walk to work, lunch, or the train is unprecedented.
May 10, 2017
6.2M BIP Data Points; More Needed to Improve NYC Rental Housing // Views from the Northwest Bronx
The UNHP Building Indicator Project (BIP) is a database that leverages public data to gauge distress; it currently captures demographic data, housing and building code violations, and several city liens from municipal agencies for over 62,000 properties with five units or more in all five boroughs; amounting to a staggering 6.2 million data points. Still, more information is needed to ensure distressed buildings are identified and improved.
May 2, 2017
Understanding the Unique Needs of a Community // Views from the Northwest Bronx
Judi Kende, Vice President and New York Market Leader for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., authored this post. Enterprise creates and preserves quality affordable homes, incubates programs, and scales these solutions through policy change.
April 27, 2017
Nothing About Us, Without Us, is For Us // Views from the Northwest Bronx
Sheila Garcia, Deputy Director at Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA), authored this post, with contributions from UNHP staff. CASA’s mission is to protect and maintain affordable and safe housing through collective action. The Bronx Coalition for a Community Vision believes rezoning and development on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx is possible without displacement, if guided by four principles: real affordable housing, real community engagement, union jobs and local hire, and strong anti-harassment and anti-displacement policies.
April 21, 2017
Transparency, Trust, and ‘Turning the Tide on Homelessness’ // Views from the Northwest Bronx
“Why here? Why not in your neighborhood?” Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan or the Bronx, the anger over the opening of homeless shelters in communities is in part related to the lack of transparency from the City, questions about the equitable placement of homeless shelters, and the role of communities in the placement of shelters.
April 6, 2017
New Policy, Old Issue: Homelessness & the Concentration of Poverty// Views from the Northwest Bronx
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently released a plan for tackling the rise in homelessness in New York City. While the City’s shift in approach may manage to reset expectations and encourage communities to shoulder their fair share of shelter housing, it glosses over the high concentration of homeless housing in low-income communities, especially in the northwest Bronx.
March 28, 2017
Keep the “Homeless” at Home // Views from the Northwest Bronx
John M. Reilly, Executive Director at Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation (FBHC), authored this post, with contributions from UNHP staff. FBHC strives to provide safe and sound housing at affordable rates for low- to moderate-income families.
March 2, 2017
Appraisals and Affordability: The Wilton // Views from the Northwest Bronx
Appraisals are sometimes viewed as just another item on a development deal’s to-do list. But far from being innocuous and inconsequential, appraisals based on recently overvalued properties and questionable net income projections can have a major impact on rental prices, ownership incentives, and housing affordability.
February 21, 2017
Community is the Operative Word in ‘Community Development’ // Views from the Northwest Bronx
The history of community development in the Bronx offers many lessons on the crucial importance of the deep involvement of community members in charting a path forward for their own communities.