Housing as a Human Right

No one should live on the Streets

- Altering local land-use rules to increase housing supply: Zoning restrictions have favored businesses even when there is a great deal of space already constructed for them to move into. Actually reducing the number of restrictions that localities can place on builders will allow them to greatly increase the amount of housing that we can provide to the housing insecure and drop the average price 

- Removing unnecessary lot size, parking rules, and other burdensome regulations: In a similar manner to land-use rules, local governments can require a great deal once housing is already being built in the name of keeping things alike. This has only caused builders to spend more money and forcing them to raise the prices of housing.

- Down-payment assistance for previously red-lined neighborhoods: Many neighborhoods in NY were subjected to red-lining where historically disenfranchised groups were prohibited from living. Under any housing plan, we should set aside funds to help those groups afford down-payments in those neighborhoods that they have now been priced out of by these policies. 

- Setting up a fund to renew blighted neighborhoods: A large number of cities and suburbs in the state suffer from decrepit housing that will only be bought by the banks who price the working class out of housing. We need to renew these neighborhoods with state money and recuperate by selling them not to investors, but families who are housing insecure at no profit.

- Passing an amendment to the state constitution declaring housing as a human right: In the wealthiest country in the history of humanity, it is absurd that there is no guarantee to housing. We have left those who are sick, veterans, or just unlucky out on the streets, causing a great deal of suffering. By brining these people into stable homes, we can make our economy even stronger and reduce rates of sickness transmission in our communities