Testimony, Papers, and Reports

Respond to Government-Initiated Projects and Plans

Jerome Avenue Rezoning

Client: Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) & the Bronx Coalition for a Community Vision

Testimony on the Jerome Avenue Rezoning Before the City Council (2/7/2018)

Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (12/11/2017)

White Paper: Resisting Displacement in the Southwest Bronx: Lessons from CASA's Tenant Organizing (May 2017): CDP provided research, writing and editing support to CASA for this report.

Comments on the Draft Scope of Work (11/7/2016)

Zoning Text Asks (3/18/2016)

Policy Platform (October 2015): CDP supported the Bronx Coalition in creating a robust policy platform to support planning designed to meet the needs of low-income residents of the South Bronx.

East Harlem Rezoning

Client: Community Voices Heard (CVH)

Testimony on East Harlem Neighborhood Rezoning to the Land Use Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises (10/11/2017): To reinforce remarks by CVH, CDP testified against the proposed rezoning of East Harlem because of the rezoning plan's failure to properly assess the risks of community displacement and provide appropriate mitigations.

Testimony on the East Harlem Rezoning Draft of Environmental Impact Statement to City Planning Commission (8/23/2017): In collaboration with CVH, Pratt Center for Community Development, and The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, CDP testified regarding the City's lack of a plan for protecting East Harlem's current residents from displacement in the wake rezoning and the resulting luxury developments. In response to the environmental impact statement, CDP and the other organizations also submitted written comments (9/5/2017) to describe the adverse impacts of the plan in greater detail, explain how the City’s analysis masks the plan’s true impacts on the neighborhood’s current residents, and offer alternatives that will preserve and increase affordable housing in East Harlem.

East New York Rezoning

Client: Coalition for Community Advancement: Progress for East New York/Cypress Hills

Testimony on the Proposed East New York Rezoning to New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises  (3/7/2016): In support of the Coalition, CDP testified to highlight the lack of affordable housing protections in the City’s proposed East New York rezoning plan and urge the City to make a plan that meets the housing needs of the neighborhood’s current residents.

Testimony on the Proposed East New York Rezoning to City Planning Commission  (1/6/2016): In support of the Coalition, CDP argued that the proposed rezoning would increase the risk of displacement from the community and argued for the adoption of a zoning text provision to deter tenant harassment.

East New York Neighborhood Rezoning Community Plan (July 2015): CDP supported the Coalition in creating a community plan for the neighborhood.

Mandatory Inclusionary Housing

Inclusionary Housing Transparency Legislation Testimony  (6/19/2017): CDP testified in order to push the City to increase transparency around inclusionary housing programs beyond what was proposed in legislation. CDP requested that the legislation require data about available affordable housing that is easier for residents, advocates, and volunteers to understand, reports about affordable housing programs and subsidies from government and developers, and disclosure of how affordable housing funds are used.

Letter Regarding the Applicability of Mandatory Inclusionary Housing to the Adorama Site (7/22/2016)

Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises on Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (2/9/2016)

Testimony Before the City Planning Commission on Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (12/16/2015)


Impact Private Development Projects

Create and Defend Community Spaces

Housing Not Warehousing Act Comments to City Council Committee on Housing and BuildingsIn collaboration with the New York City Community Land Initiative, CDP testified on September 15, 2016 supporting the proposed Housing Not Warehousing bills. These bills would ensure deeply and permanently affordable housing on public land by listing all publicly-owned vacant properties that could be used for affordable housing and recommending paths towards developing affordable housing on these properties.

In Relation to Tax Lien Sale to New York City Council Committee on FinanceOn January 11, 2017, CDP, in collaboration with the New York City Community Land Initiative, called for changes to a bill reauthorizing the City’s tax lien program so that non-profit organizations and community members occupying properties with tax liens may continue to do so, and unused properties may be used in the ways that most benefit the surrounding communities.

Ensure Public Assets Are Used for Public Good

Vacant Properties in New York City: How Many Are There and What is the City Doing About Them? to New York City Council on Housing and BuildingsIn collaboration with the New Economy Project and the New York City Community Land Initiative, CDP requested that the city create permanently affordable housing on vacant properties by consistently tracking those properties, transferring them to non-profit organizations and community land trusts rather than private developers, and establishing a land bank that controls vacant properties and prioritizes transferring them to groups committed to preserving affordable housing.

Testimony On Intro 1269: A Bill in Relation to the Creation of Regulatory Agreements with Community Land Trusts: CDP spoke in support of this bill as a foundation on which to build a regulatory framework around CLTs and endorsed suggestions by the New York Community Land Initiative for improving the bill to ensure that CLTs are truly a vehicle for creating and preserving housing for low income families.

Policymaking Around Structural Inequality and Displacement

Coming soon!