New York City added more than 20,000 affordable housing units during the city’s 2015 fiscal year, the highest single-year gain in 25 years. Once the project is completed, there will be 58 units.
“We’re in a position now to say “Summer All Out” is working”, de Blasio said.
“The only way to keep housing affordable in New York City is to preserve the affordable housing we have”. He also noted the Extremely Low & Low-Income Affordability Program only got underway in January and will likely have a bigger impact next year.
About 8,500 of the units in de Blasio’s tally are new. The bulk of the units-14,116-will be rented to families making $38,851 to $62,150.
De Blasio, who’s serving his first term as mayor, was to appear with federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro to make the announcement, which is being made in conjunction with the beginning of a federal program to expand Internet access nationally.
Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for the mayor, said the ratios will shift over time, particularly as the new 421-a tax break program that mandates affordable housing takes effect in January.
When it comes to constructed and preserved affordable housing there will be 6,010 apartments in Manhattan, 4,981 in the Bronx, 1,190 affordable units in Queens, 6,915 additional units in Brooklyn, and 1,229 affordable housing units in Staten Island. “The de Blasio administration should focus on achieving much deeper levels of real affordability in housing, especially in neighborhoods that will be rezoned”.
De Blasio administration officials did not respond to a request for comment.
The New York City Council is considering legislation that would cap the number of vehicles from companies like Uber and Lyft. This number contributes to the mayor’s goal of 200,000 affordable units within the next 10 years.