April 1, 2021
It was nearly eight years ago that candidate Bill de Blasio proposed his affordable housing plan for New York City. The story since then has been, to say the least, interesting. De Blasio delivered a multi-year rent freeze to stabilized tenants, renewed the city’s financial commitment to public housing, moved tens of thousands of homeless families to permanent apartments, signed a law creating a right to counsel in housing court, and built or preserved tens of thousands of housing units. He also engaged in costly battles over rezonings, struggled to come up with a plan to address surging shelter numbers, faced federal investigations over NYCHA’s lead scandal and managed to earn the enmity of landlords and most affordable-housing advocates alike.