Attempts to privatize public housing, and even practices whereby shelter and services for the unhoused are contracted out are part of a larger industry around affordable housing that has grown stronger during De Blasio’s administration. The main mechanism through which he has attempted to construct affordable housing is mandatory inclusionary housing, or MIH, which has fueled the construction of more luxury market-rate units than affordable ones, and has been called a gentrification plan by some. At the same time, the affordable units built have been too few and not affordable enough for those who need housing the most. And yet, MIH and “affordable housing” are being used by the city to justify deals that will (continue to) displace residents. Thus:
We call for a moratorium on all large-scale, city-led rezonings and development projects. The risk of displacement outweighs the paultry benefits of “affordable housing.”
Radically restructure public-private partnerships in the provision of housing so housing people rather than generating profit is the central goal. Towards that end:
- 80% of new residential buildings constructed should be “affordable”
- Affordability brackets should be localized rather than based on a city-wide AMI
- Assessments of the consequences of new development should attend to the implications for households of color and working-class households. No displacement is tolerable.