HOST INTRO: If you’re a renter in New York City, there’s about a 50/50 chance your apartment is rent-stabilized. But the laws that outline protection for renters expire every four years. When they do, New Yorkers lobby the state legislature. Tenants want to expand renter protections. Landlords want to reduce them. As the bills come […]
The Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights is a 500,000 square foot site that has been vacant for years. In 2015, private developers won a city contract to overhaul it. Since then, some in the Crown Heights community have fiercely opposed the project, right up until the moment the city council gave it final approval. And their fight still isn’t over. Amara Omeokwe reports.
Earlier this week, the city opened a new homeless shelter in the Bronx called Marsha’s Place. It’s the first shelter specifically for LGBTQ young adults. And in a city where 40 percent of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, the need for customized shelters like Marsha’s Place is high. But some advocates and homeless youth say there are still too many barriers to getting a spot.
Evictions in New York City are down. According to tenant advocacy group Housing Court Answers – almost 20 percent from 2014.That’s the lowest they’ve been in a decade. The mayor credits new city programs aimed at helping low-income tenants. But as Tyler Pratt reports, many feel evictions are still a big problem, even, an epidemic.