Testimony at Public Hearings

Respond to Government-Initiated Projects and Plans

Testimony on East Harlem Neighborhood Rezoning to the Land Use Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises: To reinforce remarks by Community Voices Heard, 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 and written comments on the East Harlem Rezoning Draft of Environmental Impact Statement to City Planning Commission: In collaboration with Community Voices HeardPratt 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 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.

Proposed East New York Rezoning to City Planning CommissionIn support of the Coalition for Community Advancement, CDP argued that preventing landlords who have previously harassed tenants from building on or altering their properties unless they agree to include permanently affordable housing and giving tax credits to landlords who offer truly affordable leases to low-income residents will help mitigate the extreme displacement risks of the City’s rezoning plan for East New York.

Regarding East New York Rezoning to New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and FranchisesIn support of the Coalition for Community Advancement, CDP testified on March 7, 2016 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.

Building Homes, Preserving Communities: A First Look at the Mayor's Affordable Housing PlanIn collaboration with the New Economy Project and New York City Community Land Initiative, CDP testified regarding the shortcomings of the mayor’s affordable housing plan, including the plan’s failure to consider what would make housing truly affordable for low income households or determine long term strategies for maintaining affordability. CDP called for the City to address these oversights by permanently removing land from the private market in favor of creating Community Land Trusts, which would maintain the levels of quality and affordability the community needs.

Impact Private Development Projects

Inclusionary Housing Transparency Legislation TestimonyOn June 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.

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

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