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Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera Inspect a Dilapidated Building in the Bronx

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum is a champion of decent, affordable housing for all New Yorkers. She has fought on behalf of tenants across the city to get landlords to fix dangerous and unsanitary living conditions, and she has consistently advocated for affordable housing development in all five boroughs.

To assess New York City’s affordable housing need and the range of strategies for meeting it, the Office of the Public Advocate commissioned a major study from the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute and a distinguished group of developers, affordable housing advocates, and academics. The study indicates that about one million or one-third of all households in New York City are experiencing an “affordability crisis” and that the City will need to create 200,000 units to influence the market and meet New Yorkers’ housing need.

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum is working with advocates, community groups, scholars, and lawmakers to ensure that the City adopts a comprehensive, citywide plan for overcoming the affordable housing crisis.

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Affordable Housing Guide:


Affordable Housing in New York City Conference Publications: Definitions/Options 10/21/05

The Context of Affordable Housing in New York City 10/21/05

Inclusionary and Related Zoning Approaches to Affordable Housing Policy Options 10/21/05

New York City Affordable Housing Policy Options pp1-54 10/21/05

pp 55-108

pp 109-114

pp 115-167

pp 167-194 

pp 195-219

pp 222-236

pp 246-270

pp 271-322

pp 323-332

pp 333-373  

*pages 237-245 are available via

facsimile by calling our office at 212-669-7200


Affordable Housing Compedium: Summary: National Affordable Housing Programs 10/21/05






















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