Education is the first step to taking action. Below are resources we’ve created or relied on over the years to educate ourselves and our neighbors. Here we’ve curated them by topic so that they might be of use to you!
- 1 Resources on Public Housing
- 2 Resources on the Broader Context
Resources on Public Housing
In 2020, we created a separate education-focused website – NYCHArising.info – that centralized research, perspectives, and information on the current state and future of public housing. Below we’ve copied those resources over. All of the links will redirect you to the NYCHArising.info site.
Housing & Health
Dilapidated housing is known to have negative consequences for inhabitants’ physical and mental health. Public housing is no exception.
- Study: NYCHA Living Conditions Affects Residents’ Mental & Physical Health | NY1
- The long-term health consequences of living at NYCHA | Article in Politico
- A Public Letter to Public Officials on NYCHA | Oped by Yvette Kemp and Kristen Hackett in City Limits
- Public Housing and Public Health | Journal Article by Justin R. La Mort
- The Impacts of Living in Public Housing | Report by Regional Plan Association
NYCHA’s Plans & Their Problems
Since 2015, NYCHA and the Mayor have announced three plans for NYCHA. These resources break down these plans in different ways to make sure you get the information you need.
Short Reads, Handouts & Resources
- Explanation of three plans – A brief overview of the three plans for public housing
- What is RAD pamphlet – a printable, fold-able pamphlet outlining what RAD is and what it might mean for tenants.
- What is privatization? – a video explaining what privatization means in general, and gives a broader context for what is happening with public housing today.
- The Nefarious Nature of the Private Partners Selected for RAD conversions, so far – a list of some of the private partners who are gaining control of buildings and units undergoing a RAD conversion.
- NYCommons.org – a tool that can be used to learn more about what is happening to public housing and other public land and buildings around the city.
- The City’s Three NYCHA Plans That Will Privatize Public Housing | OpEd for East New York News
- NYCHA’s NextGen Threatens More Harm than Hope | OpEd for City Limits
- City’s Finance-Driven Approach to Managing NYCHA is Wrong for Tenants | OpEd for City Limits
Existing Alternative Legislative Options
Read up on legislation that has been proposed that could help generate public money for public housing or better protect residents from privatization.
There is legislation that has been put forth, but not passed that offer some channels through which to keep pushing.
Reallocate Existing Money
- Public Housing Emergency Act | Legislation from Representative Nydia Velazquez
- See our “Where’s the Money?” Series for more info on where public funding can come from.
Green New Deal for Public Housing
- Green New Deal for Public Housing Legislation from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- Green New Deal: Bernie Sanders and AOC target public housing in their first bill | Article for Vox
- Bernie and AOC’s Green New Deal for Public Housing Act Would Transform America | Article for The Nation
- Report: A Green New Deal for NYCHA Communities | Report by Data for Progress
Tax the Rich
- The Millionaires’s Tax to Fund NYCHA | Legislation
- Abolish This Luxury Property Tax Break and Save NYCHA | OpEd for City Limits
- Lawmakers: Axe Tax Break for High-End Condos and Coops to Help Fund NYCHA | Article for City Limits
- N.Y. Had a Plan for a ‘Pied-à-Terre’ Tax on Expensive Homes. The Real Estate Industry Stopped It. | Article from The New York Times
- Lawmakers Support ‘Pied-à-Terre’ Tax on Multimillion-Dollar Second Homes | Article from The New York Times
Where’s the Money?
The short story is that the state of public housing in New York City and nationally is the result of chronic under-funding, disinvestment, and mismanagement. Where’s the Money? is a blog series that explores how and where our taxpayer money IS going, and could be recouped from to pay for public housing.
- Where’s the Money?: “There’s no money for NYCHA” – a brief overview of where the money for NYCHA could come from.
City & State
- Where’s the Money?: Private Development in Western Queens – a printable 2-sided one pager highlighting the tension between the city’s penchant for supporting and subsidizing private developments that neighbor public housing while ignoring the deteriorating conditions public housing residents are confronting.
- Where’s the Money?: Policing the Projects – a short blog post comparing policing in the projects and policing in our budget vis-a-vis public housing expenditures. (forthcoming)
- Where’s the Monday?: Stop Sunnyside Yards! Reparative City Building Now! – examines the relationship between public funding and support for private development as compared to public housing through the lend of a proposed development for Sunnyside Yards
- Where the Money?: Trump’s Stance on Public Housing – an outline of Trump’s approach to public housing while in office
- Where’s the Money?: Military Spending vs Public Housing – an outline of how our military spending compares with funding for public housing
Tenants in NYC have a robust and growing set of rights that have been won through past organizing. Learn more about the rights you are entitled and the history you are taking a part in.
- Know Your Rights 1-pager – a printable one pager that outlines tenants’ rights and why they matter.
- Mold/Mildew Remediation 1-pager – a printable one pager that outlines tenants’ rights to mold and mildew remediation
- Tenants’ Rights Handbook – a printable, fold-able handbook that outlines tenants’ rights in New York City.
- A history of tenants rights – a timeline created by the Right to Counsel coalition highlighting the rich history of tenant organizing in NYC.
Resources on the Broader Context
Below are additional resources that have helped us better understand our concerns and the possible solutions.
Last updated: Jan 15, 2022
We continue to update add to this as the landscape changes.
Changes in LIC and western Queens
– 2017: Changes in LIC Report, Written by Kristen Hackett, JFAC & The Graduate Center, CUNY: Examines changes in land prices recent housing and hotel development in relation to past and present rezonings of LIC.
– 2018: Jobs Report, Written by Paula Crespo, Pratt Center: Examines how LIC has been changing, gives overview of proposed LIC rezoning, addresses how the rezoning could affect the economic landscape in LIC and discusses the extent to which new jobs will go to local residents.
– 2019: A series of 70 maps of western Queens showing changes in population and housing from 2000 -2017, Recalibrating Queens, Created by Kristen Hackett, JFAC & The Graduate Center, CUNY
– 2019: Changes in Context: A historical look at city-led development in LIC over the 20 years, and the consequences it has had for residents, Recalibrating Queens, Kristen Hackett, JFAC & The Graduate Center, CUNY
-2019 | December: Stop Sunnyside Yards! Reparative City Building Now!, City Limits, Kristen Hackett, JFAC & The Graduate Center, CUNY
Community Land Trusts
– 2019 | July: How Community Land Trusts Can Help Address the Affordable Housing Crisis. Jacobin, Oksana Miranova, Community Service Society.
Economic Development Corporation
– 2020 | January: Dissolve the EDC and empower the people on urban development. Queens Daily Eagle, Emily Sharpe, Stop Sunnyside Yards.