Tax the Rich, House New York!
Housing policies that serve people, not real estate
New York had a housing crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic. 92,000 New Yorkers sleep in shelters each night, and millions more are living one paycheck away from an eviction. We believe that housing is a human right, and that in the richest state in the richest country in the world we can eliminate evictions and end homelessness. We fight for tenant-and-homeless centered policy changes at the local, state, and federal level that advance that vision.
What we’re fighting for
Eviction Free New York
Evictions and displacement are violent — and they are far too common. The consequences of evictions follow tenants and families for decades. We support policies that expand tenants’ rights to organize for healthy homes, against unjust evictions, and against unaffordable rent hikes. We can win an #EvictionFreeNY where everyone is housed securely and all tenants are protected.
Good Cause Eviction (Salazar/Hunter) (S3082)
- Protections from unjust evictions for all renters, with specific provisions allowing limited rent increases based on consumer price index.
- Provide basic protections to millions of unregulated renters across the State.
- Allows eviction for good cause, like owner-use or lease violations.
We can eliminate homelessness in New York State. It is unconscionable that in one of the wealthiest states in the county, we have more than 92,000 New Yorkers without a home. We are fighting to house every New Yorker permanently and sustainably.
Housing Access Voucher Program (Kavanagh/Cymbrowitz) (S280A/A3701)
- Creates a rental assistance program for New Yorkers who are currently homeless or are at risk of homelessness, including undocumented New Yorkers and those who are not currently on public assistance
Social Housing For All
We are fighting for housing for people, not for profit. Social housing is protected from the private market, democratically controlled by residents, and is the only housing that is capable of solving the homelessness crisis.
Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) (Myrie/Mitaynes) (S3157/A5971)
- Establishes a framework to make it easier for New York tenants to organize, buy, and convert their buildings to low-income cooperatives, community land trust, or even public housing when landlords decide to sell.
- Gives tenants a right to organize and collectively purchase their building together.
- Protects existing tenant rights to stay by enacting permanent affordability and eviction protections regardless of whether a tenant is an owner.
- TOPA helps curb real estate speculation and provides tenants with critical leverage and additional tools for organizing.
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