New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that during 2016, the city built or preserved 21,963 units of housing for poor or working-class New York families. New York Times staffer Charles V. Bagli reports on this accomplishment for New York City and the work that remains.
While the city has secured the most affordable units in 27 years, advocates for low-income housing have insisted that apartments are not being given to the truly poor:
In response, the de Blasio administration has increasingly sought to earmark more affordable apartments for New Yorkers with what are called very low and extremely low incomes. About one-fifth of the apartments — far above the 8 percent goal set in the city’s housing plan — built or preserved in 2016 were for those earning less than $25,000.