image: Gloria Robinson Court Homes source: http://urbanomnibus.net/
Housing affordability is a statewide issue and not just a New York City issue. In fact New York State is facing a once-in-a-generation affordable housing crisis with more than 3 million households paying over 30 percent of their income on housing costs.
In his State of the State address Gov. Cuomo proposed a $20 billion, five-year statewide housing and homelessness plan. The funding includes $9.7 billion to pay for 94,000 below-market-rate apartments throughout the state and $2.6 billion for 6,000 “supportive housing” units. The remainder would cover the cost of 1,000 emergency housing units and other initiatives to help the state’s homelessness population.
Concurrently, New York City is implementing its ten-year plan to create and restore 200,000 affordable housing units. The New York City Council just completed a two-day hearing on the plan.
These State and City proposed initiatives, and the more localized activities by affordable housing organizations, create an unprecedented opportunity for CNU New York to advocate the creation of affordable neighborhoods that are inclusive and walkable and of affordable buildings that foster diversity.
Several CNU New York members have been involved in a variety of affordable housing initiatives in the City and in the State and the Empire State Urbanist will highlight members’ activities in this arena.
Housing affordability is also a major component of CNU 24.
 Sam Marks, LISC NYC’s Executive Director