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CHPC New York


For over seventy years, CHPC publications have delivered fresh insight into housing and planning issues in New York City. Although the formats have changed through the years, the publications are always based on trusted, non-political research and focus on practical solutions for the industry.

You can see all of our latest publications here, or download our older ones. If there is no download available for our older reports please call our office for more information.

Steering the New Course

CHPC’s Ideas for Housing and Land Use Policy in New York City

With so much political change in New York this year, we felt that it was important to set out our suggestions and priorities for housing and land use policy based on all of CHPC’s work over recent years. We always aim to be a resource for decision-makers inside and outside of government – to help them to understand NYC’s most pressing housing and neighborhood issues, think through the real impact of policy on the three-dimensional built environment, and map out realistic policy steps for … Read more…

Creating Aspirational Communities

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Last fall, Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) convened eleven experts on homeless policy, supportive housing, and community development for a roundtable discussion around Creating the Aspirational Community.

The goal was to engage in an open and meaningful conversation about how to more effectively help the homeless and those facing homelessness as New York City approaches new records in its shelter population.

Over the past 30 years, the number of homeless individuals in New York City has increased almost five-fold from approximately 7,500 in 1982 to over 36,000 in 2011. Families have experienced this increase even more acutely. In 1982 … Read more…

Inside Edge: the future of J-51

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The New York State law that authorizes the J-51 tax incentive program expired on December 31, 2011. This ended the authority of New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to issue new benefits, and it has thus taken no J-51 applications since then.

In the past renewal of J-51 has been virtually automatic. However the current attempt at renewal has been delayed due to questions relating to the cost of the program, outdated benefit schedules, concerns about processing inefficiency and rent stabilization issues.

As of last week HPD has put forward a proposal to address the renewal … Read more…

J-51 and Gentrification


The J‑51 tax incentive program, the most successful housing rehabilitation program in New York City history, expired on December 31, 2011 (The “J‑51” program is §11‑243 of the NYC Administrative Code, which is authorized by §489 of the New York State Real Property Law).

It will be up to the New York State legislature to decide to renew the program and under what terms. However one likely argument that will be made, that J‑51 somehow contributes to gentrification of neighborhoods, seems to have been already addressed by the Court of Appeals.

In the 1950’s New York City still had … Read more…

New Report: Neighborhood Impacts of Overmortgaged Buildings

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A brand new CHPC study reveals that over-mortgaged and foreclosed multifamily buildings increase the risk of deterioration of nearby buildings and raise costs for private owners and New York City in the form of additional Emergency Repair Program (ERP) expenditures.

Commissioned and funded by Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), “The Impact of Multifamily Foreclosures and Over-Mortgaging in Neighborhoods in New York City” examines more than 1,100 multifamily buildings across Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. It highlights the need to monitor multifamily housing stock and coordinate public and private sector intervention so that the stock may be improved, returned to responsible owners, … Read more…

New Report: The Future of Real Estate Tax Exemptions

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The importance of real estate tax incentives in New York City are widely understood across the housing and urban planning industry. However, as New York City’s need for real estate tax revenue increases, the benefits of tax exemption programs are subject to increasing scrutiny.

Following an extensive survey and an expert panel discussion that took place in November, CHPC has now completed an in-depth report examining the future of real estate tax incentives, funded by Enterprise Community Partners. It sets out next steps for such programs and a way forward for the most effective use of these tax exemptions in … Read more…

New CHPC Publication: Out of Sight, Out of Control

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A brand new CHPC Inside Edge publication (pdf) takes a detailed look at the housing policy circumstances around a deadly fire at 2321 Prospect Avenue; a three family house, in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx.

On April 23, 2011, three people including a child, died in a fire in this building whose recent history highlights the dangerous impacts of the problems plaguing the rental housing market in recent years.

Since the publication of Debt Threat in August 2009, and our symposium One Size Fits Some in September 2009, CHPC has raised concerns and offered recommendations to address the problems … Read more…

“Making Room”: Why Should We Care?


By Jerilyn Perine and Sarah Watson

One of the many ironies of life in New York City is that, in a place where people are obsessed with real estate, housing, and the ensuing discussions about what people have, who has a good deal, and what they pay for it, there is little discussion or even awareness of New York City’s housing standards. And yet it is housing standards that largely determine who lives where and how much they pay for it. These standards implicitly encourage the construction of larger units rather than small ones, make it illegal for more than … Read more…

Federal Housing Budget 2012

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Click here for update as of March 1, 2011.

As the Obama Administration’s 2012 budget proposal shows, we have entered a new period of budget restraint which will impact heavily on federal housing programs. There seems to be general agreement that housing programs will be contained, controlled, and cut back. In fact the Administration’s proposal looks like the best possible outcome in the current budget atmosphere, certainly when compared to the cuts passed last week by the House for the 2011 budget. These will have important impacts around the country, but New York City, with the most aggressive housing program … Read more…

Inside Edge: Fallout from Roberts vs. Tishman

As predicted, the Court of Appeals decision in Roberts vs. Tishman, which found that buildings with J-51 tax benefits could not utilize luxury decontrol of rent stabilized apartments, is beginning to generate litigation on related and not-so-related issues.

One of the more surprising decisions is by Housing Court Judge Bruce E. Scheckowitz in the case of W Associates vs. Maverick Scott (Housing Court, New York County, Index No. 73831/2009, December 23, 2009).

The case involves a building (37 Wall St.) in the Financial District which received a tax abatement pursuant to §421-g of the New York State Real Property Tax … Read more…