Housing is New York City has reached an all-time high. Although we are working to resolve housing issues everyday, much more needs to be done--we need to increase transparency between landlords and tenants and we need to preserve and create affordable housing for those in need. 

City Hall Update: My Recent Work on Housing Issues


Ultimately, all New Yorkers deserve to have a safe and affordable home. Find below a few of my ongoing initiatives:

  • Landlords have refused prospective tenants solely because they appear on a “Tenant Blacklist”. Often, the outcome of a Housing Court case is not even considered. I am cosponsoring a bill to reverse this unfair practice.
  • Individuals or families receiving rental assistance vouchers deserve to have long-standing support, so long as they continue to meet all eligibility requirements. For this reason, I am supporting this bill.  
  • In 2015, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) published “The ABCs of Housing,” an information guide meant to inform tenants and owners of their rights and obligations. This bill would amend the guide to include information regarding a tenant’s obligation to pay rent in cases where the owner is found to be violating the building’s certificate of occupancy.
  • There is a serious shortage of affordable housing in New York City. To move forward with this issue, I am sponsoring legislation that would create an affordable housing lottery task force to review and improve current processes.
  • A buyout agreement is an agreement where the owner pays the tenant money to vacate his or her apartment. It is now required that owners engaging in buyout agreements with their tenants submit information about the terms of the agreement to HPD within 90 days of execution. My bill was enacted in June; it can be found here

Resources For Housing 

Affordable Housing Resources

New York City Housing Authority

250 Broadway New York, New York 10007

Telephone: 212-306-3000

Website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/nycha/index.page

NYCHA is a City agency whose goal is to provide low income housing to New York City residents; they currently provide affordable housing to over 400,000 New Yorkers.


Housing Preservation and Development

100 Gold Street New York, NY 10038

Telephone: 311

Website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/about/contact-us.page

HPD is a City agency with the goal of creating sustainable, equitable, and feasible housing and neighborhoods throughout the City. 


NYC Department of Buildings

280 Broadway, 7th floor New York, NY 10007

Telephone: (212) 566-5000

TTY Number: (212) 566-4769

Website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/nycha/about/about-nycha.page

NYC Department of Buildings is responsible for ensuring adherence to building codes, electrical codes, zoning resolutions, and state laws. 


New York State Department of Housing and Urban Development

Jacob K. Javits Federal Building (Broadway - between Duane & Worth Streets), 26 Federal Plaza, Suite 354, New York, NY 10278-0068

Telephone: (800) CALL-FHA (225-5342)

Website: www.hud.gov/answers

Email: answers@hud.gov



P.A.’L.A.N.T.E--People Against Landlord Abuse and Tenant Exploitation

470 West 126 Street, New York, NY 10027

Telephone: (212) 491-2541

Email: palante@palanteharlem.org


Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation

45 Wadsworth Avenue, New York, NY 10033

Telephone: (212) 822-8300

TDD/TTY: 1-800-662-1220

Website: http://nmic.org/



HPD Housing Connect

Using the Housing Connect portal, people can find lotteries they can apply for to find affordable housing opportunities. For new development projects, if they received subsidy then a certain number of units must be made “affordable.” Depending on the amount of subsidy, the requirements change.


Affordable Housing Packet

My office produces our own housing packet. It provides information on different housing opportunities. It can be picked up from our district office.    

Sign up for our mailing list!

Report a Problem Participatory Budgeting Events

Mark In Action

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council members on Friday afternoon announced an agreement on the city's $92.8 billion budget for fiscal 2020, with initiatives to improve health care access at its forefront. The budget includes $26 million to place 200 additional social workers—including 85 working within the city's mental health initiative, ThriveNYC—in public...

Under legislation drafted by the City Council, the de Blasio administration would have to report on its efforts to notify school staff and the students who attended dozens of public schools during the 2001-02 school year that were not far from the World Trade Center site about programs available for...

The city is trying to have tenants sign new leases that only list one official occupant. By Noah Manskar, Patch Staff NEW YORK — New York City is forcing tenants of beleaguered buildings that it owns to sign new leases — and the conditions have raised hackles among lawyers and lawmakers....

By Brian M. Rosenthal The New York attorney general’s office said Monday it had opened an inquiry into more than a decade of lending practices that left thousands of immigrant taxi drivers in crushing debt, while Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a separate investigation into the brokers who helped arrange...

City Councilmember Mark Levine has announced the 2019 winners of participatory budgeting in his district, which includes parts of the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights and Washington Heights. The projects to receive funding are: $250,000 for air conditioning upgrades and new water fountains at P.S. 165 Robert E. Simon School...

By Sabrina Mallot Last fall, the City Council introduced a package of 18 bills aimed at preventing tenants from being displaced due to aggressive tactics from landlords like exploitative buyout agreements or nuisance construction. On Wednesday, May 8, all but one passed. They still require the mayor’s signature, but he...

By Eddie Small The hallways of Bronx Housing Court are crowded and chaotic on a typical weekday morning. Lawyers and tenants scurry across the white tile floors and lounge on the worn-down benches of the Grand Concourse building, where occasionally the sound of one person shouting out a name will...

By Elizabeth Kim A collaboration between a group of housing rights advocates has produced the most comprehensive database yet to measure evictions across New York City and identify many of the landlords responsible for them. Three advocacy groups — Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, JustFix.nyc, and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project —...