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A New Start for the City's Affordable Housing Landscape
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
6:30pm - 8:30pm
There is no charge for this program.

Both the creation and preservation of affordable housing for New York City is seen as a major public policy goal across party lines. The Bloomberg administration’s New Housing Marketplace plan created or preserved approximately 140,000 affordable units over a nine-year period. Creation of more affordable housing was a central theme of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s campaign, setting a goal of creating 200,000 affordable units over the next ten years. Questions now arise as to how to create and preserve affordable housing for the future, as well as what models of housing will best serve the vast housing needs of New York City.

A distinguished panel of housing professionals will discuss the history of New York City affordable housing policies and potential new affordable housing goals for the new de Blasio administration as well as the future of the NYC affordable housing landscape. Please join New York Times reporter Charles V. Bagli, author of “Other People’s Money,” as he moderates a panel discussion with:

  • Donald Capoccia, President of New York State Association for Affordable Housing and Principal of BFC Construction Corp.
  • Benjamin Dulchin, Executive Director of Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, Inc.
  • Leora Jontef, Director of the Third Party Transfer Program at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
  • Matthew Gordon Lasner, Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College and author of “High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century”

The moderator will facilitate a conversation among the panelists as they tackle some of the following questions:

  • How important are the intangible benefits of homeownership - that is, building pride of place, equity and even business skills?
  • Is affordable homeownership better for neighborhoods than affordable rental housing?
  • Which affordable housing programs have been most successful over the years?
  • What are the benefits of mixed-income projects (such as 80-20 and the New York City Housing Development Corporation New HOP Program) and are the benefits the same for rental and homeownership housing?
  • Should the de Blasio administration seek changes to existing policies and laws to promote affordable homeownership or should it focus mainly on creating additional rental housing?
  • Should the new administration be looking for ways to create and/or preserve limited-equity cooperative housing such as Housing Development Fund Companies and Mitchell-Lama cooperatives?

Sponsored by Housing and Urban Development Committee, Erica Buckley , Chair and the Cooperative and Condominium Law Committee, Phyllis H. Weisberg, Chair


42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036


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