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In the Media

CHPC’s expertise has been valued for over 70 years and our non-partisan analysis and opinion features widely in the media. You can read all of our latest press mentions here.

Micro-Apartments: Small Spaces, Big Trend

The SpareFoot Blog, Tanya Rutledge, March 11, 2014

Typically covering 400 square feet or less, micro-apartments are springing up in sought-after cities all over the country, including Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Austin, TX. Depending on the city and the size of the unit, rental rates hover around $1,000 a month.Although the popularity of micro-apartments has taken off quickly, living in such tight quarters can come with certain challenges.

But Sarah Watson, deputy director of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council, which is helping pave the way for micro-apartments in New York, said changing lifestyles among the younger generation makes living in small spaces more feasible.

Mayor de Blasio’s Brooklyn housing plan is building big worries

New York Daily News, Matt Chaban, March 9, 2014

“Density is great, but it means more than just tall buildings,” said Jerilyn Perine, of the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Commission.  With the approval of the $1.5 billion project at the old Domino sugar plant, our Executive Director commenting on other issues that must be considered.

The American Institute of Architects selects Four Recipients for the 2014 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

The American Institute of Architects, Matt Tinder, February 21, 2014

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the recipients of the 2014 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement which will be presented in Chicago later this year.

AIANY partnering with CHPC and other organizations that assisted the public sector  following  Hurricane Sandy is a recipient of  one of the awards.

New York City’s Point Person on Housing

The Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2014, Laura Kusisto

“She’s capable of being bold and a risk taker and being innovative.”said Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council. Our Executive Director, expressing her confidence in Mayor DeBlasio’s choice for Deputy Mayor for Housing and Development Alicia Glen.

Deputy Mayor for Social Services Now Has a Boss Who Shares Her Agenda

The New York Times, Mireya Navarro, January 26, 2014

Executive Director, Jerilyn Perine  comments on Mayor’ DeBlasio’s selection for  Deputy of Mayor for Social Services Lilliam Barrios-Paoli.  The two worked together at the Housing Preservation Department.

Micro-Apartments Unhealthy? Quite the Opposite

Huffington Post, Ron Barth, January 14, 2014

The current housing crisis — one that is being addressed by cities worldwide, but particularly in New York — is creating a skewed market. Recent reports in the New York Daily News and The Atlantic falsely assert that living in a modern micro-apartment causes substance abuse. 

Anyone familiar with the Citizens Housing and Planning Council’s (the authority on housing and demographics in New York City for more than 70 years) would know that regulations designed to prevent small-space living are now contributing to the housing shortage.

Micro-units could be housing’s big solution

crainsnewyork, Jonathan Marvel, January 12, 2014

Architect, Jonathan Marvel sees  CHPC ‘s research  on developing  micro units as crucial in the building options for affordable housing.

The word on a de Blasio deputy

www.crainsnewyork.com, Chris Bragg, January 5, 2014

Our Deputy Executive Director Sarah Watson comments on the  recurring problems which thwart the construction of affordable housing.

Incoming NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is beaten to the punch in announcing the selection of Alicia Glen as deputy mayor for housing and economic development; de Blasio, meanwhile, reveals that Laura Santucci will be his City Hall chief of staff

www.nydailynews.com, Jennifer Fermino, December 23, 2013

Executive Director Jerilyn Perine praises Mayor de Blasio’s choice for Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development. According to Perine,  “She’s used her experience in finance and development, both in the public and private sectors, to actually drive change,”

Micro-apartments: more trouble than they’re worth?

www.remappingdebate.org, David Noriega, November 20, 2013

In August of 2012, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced with great enthusiasm a competition for the creation of a pilot building composed entirely of so-called micro-apartments. These miniature dwellings, to be packed into a building on East 27th Street in the Kips Bay section of Manhattan, would have to be marvels of design: the task was to create livable and desirable residential spaces using just 250 to 350 square feet per unit.

But Sarah Watson, deputy director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC), a research and advocacy organization that played a key role in introducing the idea of micro-apartments to New York City, acknowledged that the pilot project in Kips Bay only addressed housing scarcity for a small, wealthy slice of the single-person market. “This is not in any way solving New York’s affordable housing issues,” she said. “You can’t solve these problems with just one project.” Instead, Watson said, the project helped fill a gap in the kinds of housing stock available to single people, especially those preoccupied with living in Manhattan.

Next Evolution in Micro-Housing: Smarter, Shared, and Modular

www.urbanland.uli.org, Brett Widness, November 18, 2013,

During a panel at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago, Chris Bledsoe, chief executive officer of Stage 3 Properties, illustrated the ongoing crisis in affordable housing in places like New York City by showing a craigslist post for a “room” with three-foot (1 m) ceilings. The upside was that the asking rent was only $1,100 a month. Legal shared housing is in chronic under supply. Kyle Freedman, CEO and founder of RoommateMatch, an online matching service, said 30 percent of the site’s users are searching for housing in the $750- to $1,000-per-month range, so the only way they can afford anything is by pairing up.

Jerilyn Perine, former commissioner of New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, said part of the affordable housing conversation is a question of perception. Only 23 percent of U.S. households are composed of two parents living with children under 25 years old, said Perine, now executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC), which advances practical public policies through better understanding of New York City’s most pressing housing and neighborhood needs.

Micro Apartments Offer Small Slice of City Living

www.usnews.com, Susan Johnston, November 15, 2013

Micro units are catching on in Europe and Asia due to high population density, but stricter zoning laws have slowed their spread across the United States.Developers and groups like Citizens Housing & Planning Council, a New York nonprofit, work to support micro housing. According  to Sarah Watson, deputy director of the nonprofit. “We have been trying to promote smaller studios because there’s so many single people and not enough legal [housing] options for single adults,”