Homes for All Platform
Nearly a quarter of New Yorkers spend the majority of their income on rent. Across the city, rents are once again skyrocketing to record highs, up more than 30% in the last year. As a result, working-class people are being pushed out of their homes, and New Yorkers are facing homelessless at levels not seen since the great depression. Meanwhile, luxury real estate developers are getting rich off our neighborhoods and our rent hikes. We cannot confront the climate crisis without first solving the housing crisis. We can do this by recognizing housing as a universal human right, and expanding housing protections and affordable options to everyone in our community.
- Pass Good Cause (S3082) to extend rent control to 1.6 million New Yorkers, capping rents at 3%; extending tenant protections, like the right to renew a lease; and ensuring that landlords cannot evict tenants without legal reason, ending widespread practices of discrimination and displacement in our neighborhoods.
- Support tenant-controlled housing by passing the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (S3157), giving tenants the right to buy out their landlord and purchase their building when it goes up for sale.
- Build tenant power by working alongside neighborhood tenants unions and housing activists to keep our neighborhoods affordable, diverse, and working-class.
Good Cause eviction protection now. Nothing less. pic.twitter.com/oho0i0yHEC— Kristen Gonzalez (@Gonzalez4NY) April 21, 2022
Protect Our Homes
- Repeal 421-A (S260A), the controversial tax break to luxury developers which costs the state $1.7 billion annually in public money and encourages luxury housing for the richest New Yorkers over affordable homes and neighborhoods. Public money should go towards building greener, climate-resilient and affordable homes — not luxury towers for the wealthy few.
- Protect working-class homeowners from bank foreclosure and unfair property tax hikes while luxury developers continue to profit off of our neighborhoods.
- Reinvest in affordable and social housing for New Yorkers who need it most, building more than 600,000 units of housing over the next ten years.
- Provide real rental assistance for those in need through the Housing Access Voucher Program (HAVP) (S2804A), covering everyone living on fixed incomes like retirement and social security, working low-wage jobs, and those facing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
- Fund the Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act (HONDA), which allows hotels at risk of bankruptcy to be converted into rent-stabilized housing for those at risk of homelessness. Last year, in the midst of a pandemic, the act was passed but not funded to do its work.
- Organize against the mayor’s terrorization of our homeless neighbors and support local mutual aid and housing activists in their work, like the Ridgewood Tenants Union and North Brooklyn Essentials.
A Green New Deal for Housing
- With buildings making up 70% of emissions, fund energy efficiency upgrades, ban the use of natural gas in existing homes, and fund the transition to renewable heat in existing homes to green our housing stock and benefit working-class renters and homeowners first.
- Help fight for a Green New Deal for Public Housing to green and benefit our public housing stock, benefiting over 950,000 residents of public housing, and eventually out building millions of new units of beautiful, zero-carbon homes.
- Tie all green upgrades to our housing stock with strong protections for renters designed to keep families in their homes, like Good Cause, to end and prevent displacement caused by the climate crisis and the green transition.
A Public Future
- Fully fund our public housing through the New York Housing Authority (NYCHA), securing $3.4 billion in capital funding and $2.8 billion in operation funding to protect and improve the largest public housing system in the country.
- Tax the rich to help fund NYCHA and extend powers of management to housing residents so they have a say in how money is spent.
- Create a state-chartered public bank in New York City that will invest in equitable housing projects instead of luxury condos.
- Promote and fund the creation of community land trusts — affordable housing and public space owned and controlled by our communities — to fight aggressive land speculation.
- Work to greatly expand public housing in New York and nationwide as part of a Green New Deal.
People shouldn’t have to struggle to keep a roof over their head while landlords get rich by raising rents. We must guarantee housing as a human right
Green New York
People shouldn’t have to breathe poisoned air or die in flooded basements while fossil fuel companies make billions killing our planet. We must build publicly-owned renewable energy.
People shouldn’t have to decide between a trip to the emergency room and putting food on the table. We must provide single-payer health care in New York State.