NYC sees historical high in new and preserved affordable housing units 

Despite his scuffles with Governor Cuomo as well as housing advocates (and protestors), New York City’s Mayor de Blasio’s housing policies helped construct almost 8,500 new units for low- and middle-income city residents over the past fiscal year. Additionally, more than 11,000 units were preserved, resulting in over 20,000 affordable units throughout the city. Unlike San Francisco (which essentially had no net gain in affordable units), NYC is experiencing historical housing highs. The new and preserved units include homes for formerly homeless, for seniors and veterans. They serve families, people with mental and physical disabilities, and those who work full-time jobs and still cannot afford their rent. 

By prioritizing housing, de Blasio has provided shelter to 50,000 of his constituents who would otherwise live on the streets, in institutions, or in run-down buildings not fit for human habitation. 

While the cost of constructing and preserving these units is high ($618 million), the cost of providing ad hoc services such as emergency medical care, emergency and transitional shelter and institutionalization is far greater. 

Some housing advocates are wary the mayor is celebrating his accomplishments too soon, stating the plan for the future does not contain enough detail and may not target those in most need. While this may be the case -de Blasio still has not released all of his plans -I think it is important to acknowledge his current success as way to garner public support and gain momentum for the cause. 

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