Prior to the pandemic, we were dealing with an affordable housing crisis that impacted our communities in this section of the Bronx. Now, residents are trying to figure out not only where to live that is affordable, but how to pay their back rent. Responsible development of new housing stock and regulating existing housing stock is essential for more accessible and inclusive neighborhoods:
- Rental vouchers: I will support federal, state and local support of rental vouchers for residents impacted by disruptions associated with the COVID-19 fallout.
- Rent payment moratorium: I will advocate for moratoriums on rent payments by working with landlords to determine a feasible way to address this problem.
- Development: Any developments in the 18th Councilmanic district with an affordable housing development will need to demonstrate how they are pegged to the local area median income (AMI) in order to ensure local residents can afford to live in these units
- NYCHA: Public-private partnerships need to be reevaluated to determine how effective they are in supplying residents with affordable housing options; we need to secure a repository of public housing free of a for-profit model that eventually drives up costs.