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					The NYC Campaign for Inclusionary Zoning
The Problem:
New York faces a housing crisis. It’s getting worse. And it affects all of us.
 More than 500,000 NYC renter households spend more than 50% of their income on rent. The crisis affects NYC households at a wide range of incomes. Skyrocketing rents are driving families into homeless shelters and forcing nurses, cops, and firefighters to move outside the City. Estimates of NYC housing shortage range from 250,000-500,000 units. The overall rental vacancy rate in 2002 was 2.94%. The vacancy rate for low-rent units renting from $500-$700 was 1.42%. Expiring affordable housing programs, and proposed cuts to federal housing subsidies are adding to New York City’s housing crisis. 

“Every now and then you get to a period when you say the face of the city may be changed forever.”
-- Michael Schill, Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at N.Y.U.
(From a 1/18/04 New York Times article about the City’s redevelopment plans.)

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The Solution:
Now is the time for Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning to build thousands of new affordable homes in stable, diverse NYC communities.
 Hundreds of cities, including Boston, Chicago, and San Diego have proven that Inclusionary Zoning can create thousands of new, permanently affordable homes. Building thousands of units of new affordable housing to low- and moderate-income households also creates good jobs and economic activity in our communities. Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning doesn’t cost taxpayers money. Developers earn a profit based on building what communities need.

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The Opportunity:
The City Administration is rezoning dozens of neighborhoods in all five boroughs.
 Rezonings proposed by the City Administration are likely to create 40,000 new units of housing in the next 10 years and as many as 80,000 total. However, there is no guarantee that any of that new housing will be affordable to low and moderate-income New Yorkers. The proposed rezonings will expand development opportunities throughout the city. The City Council has the power to ensure that all New Yorkers will share the benefits of this growth. Inclusionary Zoning will create jobs, attract new businesses and preserve and strengthen New York’s diverse, mixedincome communities. 

Help Us Build a Future for All New Yorkers:
 Write to NYC Speaker Gifford Miller and to your Councilmember to urge them to support mandatory Inclusionary Zoning. (See sample). Sign your organization on to the Campaign – www.izny.org. Come to our next Campaign meeting or action. Visit www.izny.org or call 212.608.5122 for dates/details.

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Who We Are: Sample Letter
NYC City Council Speaker Miller City Hall New York, NY 10007 Dear Speaker Miller, We have a unique opportunity to build new affordable housing, which we urgently need. But we need your support to make it happen. The Mayor has big plans to redevelop NYC by rezoning dozens of neighborhoods in all five boroughs. These rezonings, which must be approved by you and the City Council, allow developers to build more than they were previously allowed, thus increasing profits significantly. However, without your action, there are no guarantees that any of the new housing created in these neighborhoods will be affordable to people earning less than $100,000! I urge you and the rest of the City Council to require that affordable housing be included in the plans. I ask you to support the resolution currently before the Council and to require Inclusionary Zoning in the proposed redevelopment plans as they come before the Council. Please let me know how you will vote on this important issue. Sincerely, Name Address, City, State, Zip
* Visit www.nypirg.org to find your City Councilmember. The Campaign for Inclusionary Zoning is a citywide campaign to create thousands of new, permanently affordable homes and preserve stable, mixed communities by changing New York’s zoning rules to help build a future for all New Yorkers. Participating organizations include:
Abyssinian Development Corporation ACORN AIDS Housing Network Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York, Inc. Asian Americans For Equality Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development Beulah HDFC, Inc. Brooklyn Architects Collective, P.C. Carroll Gardens Association Central Brooklyn Churches Churches United for Fair Housing Coalition for the Homeless Community Board 1, Brooklyn Community Service Society Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association Council on Homeless Policies & Services Cypress Hills Local Development Corp. Dunn Development Corp. East Side Congregations for Housing Justice El Puente Erasmus Neighborhood Federation Fifth Avenue Committee Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church (Manhattan) Forest Hills Community House Goddard Riverside Community Center Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) Habitat for Humanity NYC Harlem Operation Take Back / West Side SRO Housing Conservation Coordinators Hudson Guild Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing Jan Hus Presbyterian Church Jonathan Rose Companies LLC Kehilat Hadar Legal Aid Little Italy Neighbors Association Met Council on Housing Mothers on the Move Municipal Art Society Planning Center Neighbors Against Garbage Neighbors Helping Neighbors North Brooklyn Development Corporation, Inc. Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition The Partnership for the Homeless Pier 41 Associates Pratt Area Community Council Pratt Institute Center for Community & Environmental Development Project Hospitality Society of Jesus (Jesuits), NY Province Southside United HDFC St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corp. Tenants & Neighbors The New York Immigration Coalition United Neighborhood Houses Urban Agenda Urban Homesteading Assistance Board West Side Federation for Senior & Supportive Housing Women's Housing & Economic Development Corporation Working Families Party

Contact Us: Campaign for Inclusionary Zoning
212.608-5122 phone 212.608-6944 fax info@izny.org www.izny.org


				
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