Meet the Candidates

Scroll or jump to the candidate to learn about their housing investment proposals and explore highlights directly from their housing plans.

Eric Adams

Notable Proposals / Positions

  • Build in wealthier areas with a high quality of life, allowing lower-and middle-income New Yorkers to move in by adding affordable housing and eliminating the community preference rule.
  • Aggressively seek to partner with community land trusts by offering properties to organizations that commit to building permanently affordable housing.
  • Sell the developable “air rights” over NYCHA properties to builders within the same community district, which will raise up to $8 billion that can be used to make badly needed repairs and quality of life improvements for NYCHA tenants.

Shaun Donovan

Notable Proposals / Positions

  • Create a new, flexible rental assistance program that could serve 200,000 low-income households per year. Commit $330 million from reducing reliance on shelter, with an additional $500 million coming from state matching funds, and $1 billion from the federal government.
  • Commit up to $2 billion per year in City capital dollars to accelerate repairs across NYCHA’s portfolio.
  • Commit $2 billion in annual investment to create new affordable housing programs and expand existing programs for an overall production goals of 30,000+ units per year.

Kathryn Garcia

Notable Proposals / Positions

  • Leverage substantial federal money available in Section 8, RAD, and other programs to fix NYCHA units.
  • Focus investment where it’s needed most and create 50,000 units of deeply affordable housing for households earning 30% or less of the AMI.
  • Comprehensively zone for more affordable housing citywide, focusing on neighborhoods rich in transit, jobs, and schools.

Ray McGuire

Notable Proposals / Positions

  • Work with the Biden-Harris administration to secure additional funding for NYCHA, leverage public-private partnerships to improve services, and update administrative rules and procedures that can stand in the way.
  • Invest in transitional housing and full wrap-around services in shelters and supportive housing for individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Better manage city operations regarding siting permanent or temporary shelters to improve planning, transparency, and listening to community concerns.

Dianne Morales

Notable Proposals / Positions

  • Provide more secure and guaranteed pathways toward permanent residence, including the prompt conversion of hotels into permanent support housing and services for families of our 100,000 unhoused school-aged youth within the first 100 days.
  • Appoint a Deputy Mayor responsible for leading and coordinating a citywide, cross-sector effort addressing housing, opportunity and social mobility, including shifting the $3 billion annual shelter budget towards preventative measures, and implementing preventative models that effectively responds to housing displacement and vulnerability.
  • Work to put an end to all current and future plans for the privatization of NYCHA, including A Blueprint for Change. Reject Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) projects aimed at privatizing section 8 housing and advance an aggressive state and federal campaign calling for $35 billion in funding from the authority.

Scott Stringer

Notable Proposals / Positions

  • Mandate Universal Affordable Housing (UAH) to require every developer to set aside 25 percent of its units for permanent, low-income housing.
  • End wasteful tax giveaways to private developers and establish and tailor a new subsidy program to fund deep, permanent affordability on a discretionary basis.
  • Set aside 15 percent of all city-funded units to house the formerly homeless, in order to reduce the shelter population.

Maya Wiley

Notable Proposals / Positions

  • Promote community planning and ownership by including community land trusts, support for first-time home ownership, and protections for long-term homeowners.
  • Look for opportunities to expand our affordable housing stock by converting tax liens, buying up properties left behind in the wake of COVID and stimulating more non-profit housing development.
  • Create an ambitious citywide rent and tax relief program for small landlords and nonprofit landlords.
  • Create a rapid rehousing program designed to address some of the adverse impacts of the eviction crisis caused by the pandemic.

Andrew Yang

Notable Proposals / Positions

  • Allow communities to lead the charge in creating rezoning and development plans so that communities maintain their identity while expanding our affordable housing stock.
  • Proactively support Community Land Trusts (CLTs) with City Hall not just allocating funds to them but prioritizing them for land acquisition and the allocation of vacant public lots.
  • Take advantage of vacant hotel rooms to provide a short-term solution to homelessness with an eye towards providing transitional services to help all New Yorkers keep a roof over their heads.

United For Housing and NYHC are nonpartisan entities providing information to educate voters about issues that are important to NYC. In order to help potential voters learn more about the major candidates, we have reviewed each candidate’s plans as published on their website. Listed above are highlights of each candidate’s plan, in alphabetical order. We used nonpartisan criteria to select the leading candidates to feature here. We included candidates that had raised at least $300,000 in campaign contributions as of the January 2021 filing with the NYC Campaign Finance Board, or had received at least 5% support in a public poll released on or before January 31, 2021. We encourage everyone to review each candidate’s plan as well as the United For Housing Report outlining what a nonpartisan coalition of 90 organizations believe are important issues to be addressed by the City’s next mayor.