MIH, 421-a, rezonings, and RAD: Making heads or tails of housing policy in New York City can require a glossary — or decoder ring. While we try to understand the forces shaping the housing market and the impact of Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York plan, changes in housing and community development are afoot at the federal level. Within an hour of being sworn into office, Donald Trump’s administration suspended a FHA mortgage premium cut that primarily benefits first-time and low-income homebuyers. New leadership is coming to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (celebrated neurosurgeon and housing policy novice Ben Carson has been nominated to lead the agency) and new policies regarding public housing, fair housing law, and homeowner subsidies are just some of the speculated changes afoot.
In light of the current climate and feeling the housing squeeze, The Architectural League decided it’s time for a return to basics. Housing Brass Tacks is our new housing-focused biweekly discussion series. We’re inviting experts in to help untangle complex topics and big ideas in housing policy and development, to better understand the forces shaping where and how we live. These informal conversations are getting down to brass tacks — the fundamentals the structure this unwieldy topic — and are open to neophytes and seasoned housers alike.
In our sixth Brass Tacks discussion, a representative of the grassroots organization Picture the Homeless will discuss their campaign to create permanently affordable housing, which has included legislative challenges, property takeovers, and establishing non-speculative models for housing. Ample time for conversation will follow the presentation. You bring the questions, we’ll supply the experts and the wine.
Monday April 10, 2017
A representative of the grassroots organization Picture the Homeless will discuss their campaign to create permanently affordable housing, which has included legislative challenges, property takeovers, and establishing non-speculative models for housing.
The Architectural League of New York
594 Broadway, Suite 607
Free for members. $5 for non-members. Reserve tickets by registering on Eventbrite.
What’s “Fair” In Housing?
Monday March 27, 2017
Fair housing expert Fred Freiberg detailed the realities and consequences of housing discrimination, and explained the efforts of housing advocates to eliminate housing discrimination, promote policies that foster inclusive communities, and strengthen enforcement of fair housing laws.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Discriminatory government and institutional policies and racist cultural attitudes have contorted the American housing market. Generations have been denied access to neighborhoods, quality housing, and the wealth-building of homeownership, particularly based on race and ethnicity. For our first Brass Tacks film night (more will follow!), we screened three documentary films that explicitly address the ways in which inequality is inscribed in the housing landscape: Cicero March (1966), For the Living (1949), and The Genesis of Discriminatory Housing Policies (2003).
Monday, February 27, 2017
The production and consumption of housing requires money, needless to say. But where does the money to build and maintain affordable housing come from and who are the players in housing finance? Mark Willis, Senior Policy Fellow at the NYU Furman Center, covered the basic structure of affordable housing finance and the economic and social reasons that government intervenes.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Since the private market often can’t (or won’t) provide housing for low- and middle-income New Yorkers, how do we create affordable housing? Housing scholar Matthew Lasner, associate professor of urban studies and planning at Hunter College, gave an overview of the tools used to create and maintain affordable housing over the last century in New York City: building codes, rent regulations, non-profit and non-speculative housing, and government subsidies.
Hud, Hud, HUD!
Monday, January 30, 2017
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), established in 1965, seeks to “create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.” Former HUD Regional Administrator Holly Leicht explained what the department’s $49 billion budget supports, whom HUD serves, and how housing policy born at the federal level is implemented at the local level.