De Blasio's affordable housing approved by City Council

Allowing benefits to lower-earning residents helps sway community leaders in Mayor's favor
  • Opponents of de Blasio’s plan have been vocal since its introduction in September, believing the regulations wouldn't help the majority of New Yorkers who need affordable housing the most.
  • The City Council added a requirement that a minimum 10 percent of housing be made affordable to families averaging 40 percent of the area’s median income
  • Last November, almost all of the city’s 59 local community boards rejected the mayor’s affordable housing plan.
  • Allowing the program to benefit residents of more modest means helped shift the opposition into support, according to a Bloomberg report.

Housing New York is now cleared by the NYC City Council in an overwhelming vote to add 200,000 units over the next decade in New York City. The decision comes after council members met in February on two separate occasions to debate both Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability.