United for Housing

From the Ground Up | 2021

Affordable housing recommendations for New York City’s next Mayor

Our Mission

A coalition of more than 80 organizations produced a blueprint for housing investment for New York City’s next mayor.

New York City will elect a new mayor in 2021 – it must be a leader capable of steering our city out of the worst health and economic crisis we have seen in decades and towards recovery with a vision of racial equity and prosperity for all New Yorkers. Housing must be at the center of this plan for economic rebirth and social justice.

Housing Need

A Growing Housing Crisis

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Homeless in New York City
The highest homeless count since the Great Depression in NYC includes more than 22,000 children sleeping in shelters tonight.
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NYCHA Repairs

Outstanding repairs in public housing impact the health and housing of 400,000+ NYCHA residents.

Severely Rent Burdened Households

 Too many households pay more than ½ their income on rent. This creates housing instability and leaves less money for food, medicine, childcare and emergencies.

Major Recommendations

United in our vision and determination, we call on New York City’s next mayor to launch an affordable housing plan of unprecedented scale and commit to the following:

Invest $4 billion per year to fund a comprehensive affordable housing plan, including:

Major Recommendations

Adopt United for Housing’s guiding principles to shape NYC’s next housing plan:

Detailed Recommendations

In addition, United for Housing developed a set of detailed policy recommendations across the following five issue areas:

Issue One

Public Housing

We call for NYCHA to be at the center of the next housing plan, including $1.5 billion per year in capital, championing the voice of residents in decision-making, and overhauling management and operations

housing stories

United for Housing asked people to share their housing stories and their recommendations for the next mayor. Here are six New Yorkers sharing why housing is important and how it has changed their lives.

What’s your housing advice for NYC’s next mayor? Speak your mind using #U4Housing.

Just post using the hashtag #U4Housing to share your story with us and others as we work together to guide housing policies and more in the 2021 mayoral election.

Our Coalition

We include experts in affordable housing, public housing, homelessness, health, the environment, workforce development, finance, real estate, urban planning, racial justice and criminal justice and more.