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!

Resources on Public Housing

In 2020, we created a separate education-focused website – – 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 site.

Housing & Health

Dilapidated housing is known to have negative consequences for inhabitants’ physical and mental health. Public housing is no exception.

Shorter Reads

Longer Reads

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

Longer Reads

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

Green New Deal for Public Housing

Tax the Rich

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.

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


Tenants’ Rights

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.


Longer Resources

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

Sunnyside Yards

-2019 | December: Stop Sunnyside Yards! Reparative City Building Now!, City Limits, Kristen Hackett, JFAC & The Graduate Center, CUNY

– 2019 | October: Info-pamphlet on Sunnyside Yards and the EDC, Memo Salazar, WQCLT
– 2019 | September: “Opinion: Imagine the Disruptive Impact of Sunnyside Yards.” Queens Daily Eagle, Emily Sharpe, Stop Sunnyside Yards
– 2019 | June: “The Dark Side of Sunnyside Yard.” Indypendent, Derek Ludovici, 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. 

–  2019 | July: The Problem With Community Land Trusts.” Jacobin, Olivia Williams, Madison Area Community Land Trust.

Economic Development Corporation

– 2020 | January: Dissolve the EDC and empower the people on urban development. Queens Daily Eagle, Emily Sharpe, Stop Sunnyside Yards. 

–  2010 | October: The Real Power in City Planning.Gotham Gazette, Tom Angotti, Hunter College, CUNY.