Homelessness & Affordable Housing

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Homelessness & Affordable Housing 

Housing costs have continuously risen and the need for affordable housing is needed in order for families to remain under a stable home while guaranteeing rents would be paid by tenants. One thing is clear- shelters are not the answer. Our citizens deserve long-term solutions for complex problems—better accessibility to government existing programs and a greater share of capital investments. We need to advocate for rent control and enforce better housing standards.

Shaeleigh's Plan

  • Sponsor an amendment to the current MIH program to consider the needs and wishes of the community first to ensure that small business and environmental impacts are taken into consideration. 
     

  • Calls for private developers that choose to opt-out of the 80/20 program and will be required to pay an increased impact fee that will be put towards social services. 
     

  • Advocate for quarterly reporting to the Committee of Housing and Building on the quality of living for each city-funded affordable housing unit.  
     

  • Support the creation of Youth Housing Vouchers dedicated to youth that have aged out of the foster care system. 
     

  • Call for the recording of methane gas released in city-owned or funded housing and for standards that state a legal limit of the amount of gas allowed in a given unit. 
     

  • Call for the immediate remediation and removal of all traces of lead paint and mold in NYCHA homes that have shown long evidence of neglect by the city. 

Shaeleigh's Vision

Housing as a Human Right/End to Substandard Practices

With the rising cost of living in the City of New York and lack of affordable housing options, we must address our state of emergency that has been present for generations. While shelters have been the common solution for many of the homeless members of the city it cannot be the answer for a permanent change. 

 

  • Severino for City Council will support the expansion of NYC 80/20 developments evenly across all Five boroughs with special consideration based on need.  

  • Severino for City Council will call for private developers that choose to opt-out of the 80/20 program and will be required to pay an increased impact fee that will be put towards social services. 

  •  Severino for City Council will support the passing of Intro-0146-2018 to increase the amount of the voucher program to aid with transition form shelters to the FMR (Fair Market Rent). 

  • Severino for City Council will support the passing of Intro-2047-2020 calling for greater protections of formerly incarcerated people from being denied a rental unit because of a previous criminal record. If they serve their time they deserve to live and work in our society again. This is a basic human right which will prevent returns to prison. 

  • Severino for City Council will advocate for quarterly reporting to the Committee of Housing and Building on the quality of living for each city funded affordable housing unit. 

NYCHA

A total of 400,000 NYCHA residents across 326 units in the city of New York exist. With an average of 23 years staying in an NYCHA unit there is clearly not enough affordable housing in the city. NYCHA buildings that are left underserviced and unsafe for its residents. We must ensure that we are protecting our tenants and those who wish to proceed with civil action against NYCHA officials and or RAD development groups. 


  • Severino for City Council will introduce a bill for the immediate remediation and removal of all traces of lead paint and mold in NYCHA homes that have shown long evidence of neglect by the city. 

  • Severino for City Council will support the creation of a task force confirming the findings by the NYS Department of Health regarding NYCHA homes.They will consist of medical professionals to address the numerous health code violations.

 

  • Severino for City Council will support the reevaluation and implementation of affordable AMI statistics to ensure rent does not exceed 30% of their income.

 

  • Severino for City Council will support an exploratory examination of RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration) practices and PACT (Permanent Affordability Committee Together) for predatory tactics and purposely being unclear with policy and intentions by NYCHA residents. 

 

  • Severino for City Council will commit to preventing the further conversion of RAD homes from NYCHA. Private ownership should be for individuals, not corporations. Affordable Housing is a human right that must not be allowed to become inaccessible. Reforms to NYCHA have yet to be exhausted. 

 

  • Severino for City Council will call for the recording of methane gas released in city owned or funded housing and call for standards that state a legal limit of the amount of gas allowed in a given unit. We must uphold clean air inside homes and prevent increase to asthma rates. 

Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Reform 

The current standard of MIH is not sustainable as it is filled with far too many loopholes for developers to shortchange the requirements for affordable housing. The process is contingent upon rezoning to be considered, however the majority of the areas in which MIH designation occur are in weak housing markets that are barely accessible to the community members. 

  • Severino for City Council will sponsor an amendment to the current MIH program to remove the option by what option presented for development will take, rather it will be given to an independent task force that is created each time a rezoning occurs to consider the needs and wishes of the community first to ensure that small business and environmental impacts are taken into consideration. ​

 

  • Severino for City Council will support the repeal of 421-a tax exemption in order to prevent developers from occupying unclaimed space throughout District 32, while seeing an increase in city revenue. ​
     

Youth Homelessness  

There are approximately 18,850 homeless youths in NYC as of October 2020. While said youth are struggling to transition out of homelessness, the current models and systems in place do not tackle the lack of resources in place for youths who have aged out of youth shelters. This issue has been prevalent prior to COVID-19 and these adversities make it impossible for the youth of tomorrow to succeed. Severino for City Council has based this platform from the activist IAMQUEENS, a victim of the current system.

  • Severino for City Council will support the creation of Youth Housing Vouchers dedicated to youth that have aged out of the foster care system. 

  • Severino for City Council will call for Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to utilize newly built affordable housing units throughout the five boroughs to house foster youth transitioning out of foster care. 

 

  • Severino for City Council will support the need for transparency and from ACS regarding funding and operational oversight regarding licenses given to foster parents​.

 

  • Severino for City Council supports a mandatory six-week mental health evaluation for prospective foster parents, as well as the implementation of an independent performance evaluation of the foster parents, social workers and the services provided by the agencies. 

 

  • Severino for City Council calls for foster care agencies to implement a mental health support unit providing services such as trauma support and therapy to assist with the long term transition and throughout their time in the foster care system.

 

  • Severino for City Council will support the creation of NYC Foster Care Subcommittee that serves as both an advisory board and mentorship program composed of former and current foster youth, community leaders and experts in child services to assist in making the foster care system better and provide a network to homeless youths. 

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