According to New York City’s April 2016 Social Indicators Report: “NYCHA’s wait list for the Section 8 program has been closed since 2007, except for veterans who receive Section 8 through the Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. As of November 2015, there are over 148,000 families on the Section 8 wait list.”
“Orange is the New Black,” which is a book about a woman’s experience being incarcerated, conveys multiple prison protocols that mirror so many shelter protocols and administrative attitudes. Sadly, I don’t find this shocking since I have a case worker who told me, “These are the same questions you get asked when you get arrested” when I queried about the relevance of certain questions she was asking me. SMH!
Defying laws set in the 1980s, New York City is now creating more micro apartments. These tiny living spaces are being marketed to tenants who are increasingly having great difficulties navigating New York City’s absurdly expensive housing market. Researchers are warning of the health dangers of residing in these cramped living spaces.
According to the Observer, the director of design for human health at Boston Architectural College has stated that living in micro-apartments can be very unhealthy and can exacerbate stress factors for people who live in them. He sites the increase of domestic abuse, alcoholism, and claustrophobia that occurs when people live in extremely close quarters.
Researchers also point out the damage that is likely to be caused to children who live in cramped spaces. The director of Housing Environments Research Group is quoted in the Observer by saying that children who live in crowded apartments can become “withdrawn and have trouble studying and concentrating.”
New York’s inclusionary zoning program is a voluntary program that is available to developers. This program allows developers to build 33% more square feet than is usually permitted if the developer agrees to set aside 20% of the available units in their development for affordable housing.
According to an survey done by a NYC councilman, the inclusionary zoning program generated only less than 3,000 new affordable housing units between 2005 to mid-2013.
There is literally a 100 sq ft “apartment” on the market. The closet-sized abode is being marketed on a popular apartment hunting site. The rent is listed at $1,100. The apartment is located in a posh Upper West Side neighborhood. The location is being touted as a selling point. However, it is admittedly “so small you have to move the bed just to open and close the front door.” The agent also states that, “It’s so small there’s a bumper on the front door to keep it from hitting the back door.” Really?! This is what New York has come to?! SMH!
18 CRR-NY 352.35 defines an independent living plan as follows: “A plan developed and/or revised by a social services district and/or its designee, with the cooperation of an individual or family, which sets forth a strategy for meeting such individual’s or family’s housing-related public assistance and care needs as identified in an assessment and for obtaining housing other than temporary housing and which establishes such individual’s or family’s responsibilities during their receipt of temporary housing assistance and specifies the conditions upon which temporary housing assistance will be provided. An independent living plan also must specify the temporary housing facility, if any, to which the individual or family has been or will be referred, any requirements of such facility, and the expected duration of the individual’s or family’s receipt of temporary housing assistance.”
In 2014, the neighborhoods with the highest foreclosure filing rates were in Bronx Community District 4 (53.04 per 1,000 households), Brooklyn Community District 16 (44.36 per 1,000 households), and Bronx Community District 5 (43.88 per 1,000 households).
[SOURCE: Social Indicators Report. April 2016.]