Learning from NYC’s Fair Housing Stakeholder Group

HOW IT WORKS

  • Learn Phase (Spring/Summer 2018): Discuss existing conditions, inform data analysis, and prioritize the factors that contribute to fair housing challenges in New York City.
  • Create Phase (Fall 2018): Surface ideas for policy solutions based on the information and contributing factors prioritized in the Learn Phase.
  • Finalize Phase (2019): Share feedback on an initial policy framework, with the final draft scheduled for completion in fall 2019.

DESIGNING THE DISCUSSION

What do fair housing challenges in New York City look like today?

Stakeholders respond to initial data and help the City expand our analysis and understanding of existing conditions for fair housing issues in New York City.

What are the root causes of fair housing challenges?

Stakeholders participate in an interactive exercise to prioritized root causes to different fair housing issues.

WHAT WE’RE LEARNING

  • Causes of Segregation & Integration: Participants identified gentrification, displacement, and loss of affordable housing as critical aspects to understanding the existing conditions of segregation and integration in New York City. Participants also stressed that an analysis of these issues should include social integration as well as barriers to accessing White concentrated areas of wealth.
  • Disproportionate Housing Needs: Participants identified unique challenges faced by certain populations in accessing both private and publicly-supported housing. These include physical accessibility issues, administrative language barriers, informal incomes or credit score barriers, lack of documentation, or discrimination and social stigma against their characteristics. While there are unique challenges for each population group, participants identified affordability as an issue affecting all protected class populations.
  • Education: Participants expressed that the combination of school zoning and choice policies are major drivers of segregation and disparities in educational opportunities. Participants noted that low-income families, immigrants, and homeless families do not always have the knowledge or ability to exercise choice due to language barriers, limited time and resources, and physical distance. Participants also noted that White affluent families move into high-performing school zones and price out low-income families, or exercise choice to send their kids out of low-performing school zones.
  • Environment, Health, & Safety: Participants stressed the connection between unstable housing, economic insecurity, and poor individual and neighborhood health. Participants explained that there are severe mental, physical, and emotional health impacts of living in poverty that can be exacerbated by neighborhood change and gentrification, which can increase housing instability and stress, and fray social networks that protect against negative health outcomes.
  • Employment & Economic Opportunity: Participants emphasized the role of community networks in determining economic opportunity. Participants noted that segregation and the concentration of wealth and poverty impact an individual’s ability to access specific career paths, high-paying jobs, and supportive institutions.
  • Transportation: Participants stressed the interconnectivity between housing, transit access, and land value that reinforces differences in access to transit opportunities. Participants noted that high-income earners often have the shortest commutes and lower transportation costs, while low-income earners have the longest commute times and higher costs. Participants also noted the challenges faced by certain groups in accessing public transportation due to the lack of universal accessibility features for various types of disabilities, as well as multilingual access.

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NYC HPD's mission is to promote the construction and preservation of affordable, high quality housing for families in thriving and diverse neighborhoods.