No Shelter, No Safety: How Rising Evictions in New York Could Pose a Risk to Public Safety— And How Eviction Prevention is Violence Prevention
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which initially put upwards of 40 million households across the U.S. at risk of eviction, new social science research has been seeking to clarify the relationships between eviction, the household-level hardships that surround eviction, and the impacts of eviction on community-level processes and outcomes, especially as they relate to neighborhood social ties and public safety.
New York’s powerful real estate industry is engaged in parallel fights to block legislation that would require landlords to have good cause for evicting tenants and to retain a controversial property tax exemption that costs New York City residents billions of dollars annually without meaningfully expanding affordable housing.
MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS: AN UNJUST SYSTEM THAT ENRICHES LANDLORDS AT THE EXPENSE OF RENT-BURDENED NEW YORKERS
Major Capital Improvement (MCI) increases are one of several tactics that landlords exploit to raise rents and drive displacement. With monthly MCI rent hikes as high as $800 per apartment, the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance urges Albany to stand with tenants and eliminate MCI rent increases.
How women are impacted by New York State’s rental housing crisis. Every night, more than 92,000 people in New York State — many of whom are women, and many of whom are women of color — sleep in a shelter. The rise in housing costs, combined with a lack of strong tenant protections, is a primary contributing factor.