Eric Adams’ plan, which lacks detail, promises to house the homeless faster

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday unveiled a plan for the Big Apple that promised to help homeless New Yorkers find apartments and fight rising rents across the city, but it was missing key details, including how many apartments he had wanted to build in the five districts.

Adams hit it off, even trying to forestall questions about how his plan would fix the city’s decades-long failure to build enough new apartments and homes to meet demand, failures that his own top officials see as a contributing factor to the skyrocketing Rents and homelessness described the city’s crisis.

“Often people ask, ‘How many units are you going to build? How many units will you build? How many units will you build?’ If that’s one of the on-topic questions you’re going to ask me, don’t do it because I won’t answer it,” Adams said, trying to forestall the most obvious question from reporters assembled at the rollout.

He then repeatedly declined questions about those crucial numbers, stating that his only benchmark was “to get as many people into apartments as possible.”

The figure matters.

New York Mayor Adams makes apartment announcement. Tuesday June 14, 2022 on a rooftop in NYC.
Mayor Eric Adams pledged Tuesday to help homeless New Yorkers find housing and fight rising rents across the city.
Paul Martinka

New York City approved just 197,000 new homes between 2009 and 2018 while the city created 700,000 jobs — a disparity the Department of City Planning warned of in 2019 and threatening the Big Apple’s economy.

The Big Apple has not built more than 200,000 new housing units — including market, subsidized, or public condominiums — in any decade since the 1960s, a damning 2020 report by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development revealed.

Adams’ own 97-page document says that New York’s population growth has exceeded the amount of housing built in three of the past four decades.

A view of the 29-story building at 90 Sands Street.
Adams unveiled the plan on the 29th-floor rooftop of a former downtown Brooklyn hotel that has since been converted into apartments for homeless and low-income New Yorkers.
Paul Martinka

“The lack of housing and affordable housing puts New Yorkers at greater housing risk
instability and making it difficult for residents affected by homelessness to find stable housing again,” it said.

The result is a decades-long housing crisis that has massively worsened as New Yorkers returning after the first waves of the coronavirus seek apartments with long-term residents looking for better housing after two years of working from home, all of whom are in competition with those looking to move to the Big Apple for the first time.

Adam’s rollout came amid rising rents on the 29th-floor rooftop of a former downtown Brooklyn hotel that’s been converted into a nearly 500-apartment building for homeless and low-income New Yorkers, thanks in part to funding from City Hall.

There, in front of a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline, Hizzoner and his senior housing and social services officials argued that their housing plan was New York’s most comprehensive plan to combat the housing shortage and homelessness.

Most of the new announcements in the plan focused on reducing paperwork and speeding up the process of getting people into already built units:

  • Homeless New Yorkers no longer have to spend four months in shelters before applying for an apartment;
  • The HPD process for applications and the selection of residents for apartments awarded through the city’s housing lottery would be expedited.
NYC Mayor Adams makes a housing announcement surrounded by other politicians.
Adams argued his housing plan was New York’s most comprehensive plan to address the housing shortage and homelessness.
Paul Martinka

The reforms come after The Post revealed that bureaucratic dysfunctions in the city’s social services left some 2,500 apartments empty for homeless New Yorkers.

Adams and his top aides also touted $500 million in new housing funding in the 2023 budget, which will allow the Big Apple’s housing agencies to continue funding the remodeling or construction of 25,000 rent-stabilized homes annually, even if they do inflation drives up costs.

And they applauded Albany state lawmakers for finally approving an overhaul of the scandal-hit NYC Housing Authority that will allow it to receive billions in additional federal aid for repairs.

“The cavalry is coming. We’re going to put New Yorkers in apartments,” Adams said. “Difficult task. Huge task. Huge undertaking. We understand that.” Eric Adams’ plan, which lacks detail, promises to house the homeless faster


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