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IN SHORT

In urban and rural cities New Yorkers are showing New York values by fighting for the rights of residents to live with dignity and free from fear. Our Housing Justice for All campaign is fighting for a legislative agenda that would stabilize neighborhoods and eliminate the control that corporate landlords have over housing in New York State, but our JFK Organizers are taking it to Washington DC because these are broader American state issues, and yet another opportunity for progressive New Yorkers to lead. 

  • Fully Fund Federal Housing and NYCHA (NYC Housing Authority), prioritized in a democratic way using TAs (Tenant Associations). 

  • Pass new “good cause” eviction legislation

  • Eliminate permanent rent hikes caused by major capital improvements

  • Rent control relief, as a measure of the local Universal Basic Income

  • Investment to end homelessness in each state, starting with New York. 

As Americans move to cities like NYC, LA, CHI, ATL, HOU, PHL, and others homelessness becomes a statewide crisis. New York’s rental affordability crisis, combined with a lack of state action and federal support has resulted in a rapid expansion of homelessness. There are over 89,000 homeless people living across New York – a number that has increased 36% since 2010. Homelessness has declined nationwide but continues to spike if big cities like LA and the others mentioned. We've got to invest where the people live.

JFK on PROBLEM v SOLUTION

I am regularly asked about reverse migration and the cost of land, and I have to regularly remind people that the value in our economy and on the land we inhabit is based on the number of interactions that can be documented by the people who live in the spaces that we inhabit. Simply the land is not what's valuable, it's the dynamism and density of the people. It's why a brownstone in Harlem is worth more than 5 mansions in Detroit. That stated, we have to honor the people's intrinsic value by funding their dignified existence, as they make the places we live worth living.  

  • Invest in long-term, statewide rental assistance programs

  • Give residents power over where they live and eliminate corporate takeover of the housing market.

  • Invest in deeply affordable and resident-run affordable housing programs. 

Goals

  • Structure "technology zones" to enhance quality of life and skills transfer without the extractive tax breaks of "opportunity zones"

  • Structure "charter cities" where possible giving ownership to residents, so to have flexibility and ROI (return on investment) from the changing landscape. 

  • People invest with their data just as other have with their capital. 

Guiding Principles

#LowIncomeHousing

#Equity

#Dignity

#Inclusionism

#WeOweUs