Housing and Community Development in New York City

Facing the Future

Edited by Michael H. Schill

Subjects: Urban And Regional Planning
Series: SUNY series in Urban Public Policy
Paperback : 9780791440407, 292 pages, January 1999
Hardcover : 9780791440391, 292 pages, January 1999

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Introduction: Housing Policy in the New Fiscal Environment

1. Housing Conditions and Problems in New York City

Michael H. Schill and Benjamin P. Scafidi

2. Reviving New York City's Housing Market

Peter D. Salins

3. The Contribution of Public-Private Partnerships to New York's Assisted Housing Industry

Kathryn Wylde

4. In Re In Rem: Innovation and Expediency in New York's Housing Policy

Frank P. Braconi

5. Public Housing in New York City

Phillip Thompson

6. The Future of HUD-Subsidized Housing: The New York City Case

Victor Bach

7. The Housing Court's Role in Maintaining Affordable Housing

Paula Galowitz

8. Homelessness and Public Shelter Provision in New York City

Dennis P. Culhane, Stephen Metraux, and Susan M. Wachter

9. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Impact of Federal and State Policy Changes on Housing in New York City

Alex F. Schwartz and Avis C. Vidal

About the Contributors


Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date description and analysis of the housing and neighborhood problems facing residents of the nation's largest city, and the policies that have been developed to solve these problems.


Leading housing scholars and practitioners provide a comprehensive, up-to-date description and analysis of housing and community development policy as they examine one of America's largest and most important cities.

Throughout the nation's history, New York City has been at the forefront of housing policy creativity and innovation. As the federal government's role in social policy continues to shrink and authority devolves to local governments, the focus in urban policy turns to America's cities. New York City's experience provides useful lessons for other municipalities on both the opportunities and pitfalls for government intervention in the housing market.

Housing and Community Development in New York City comprehensively explores a full range of policy issues including the analysis of current housing problems and demographics; examination of federally supported housing assistance programs such as public housing and Section 8; scrutiny of the City's response to homelessness and the abandonment of private sector housing; and a look at New York's innovative program to rebuild neighborhoods with public-private partnerships.

[Contributors include Victor Bach, Frank P. Braconi, Dennis Culhane, Paula Galowitz, Steve Metraux, Peter D. Salins, Benjamin P. Scafidi, Michael H. Schill, Alex Schwartz, Philip Thompson, Avis Vidal, Susan Wachter, and Kathryn Wylde. ]

Michael H. Schill is Professor of Law and Urban Planning and Director of the School of Law Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University. He is the coauthor (with Richard P. Nathan) of Revitalizing America's Cities: Neighborhood Reinvestment and Displacement, also published by SUNY Press.


"I teach a course in housing policy and for a number of years have been disappointed with what is available to assign to students to read. What has been needed is a book which presents different perspectives on housing problems and policies and which gives readers a sense of the 'nuts and bolts' issues involved in low income housing programs. Housing and Community Development in New York City certainly addresses this gap in the literature. " — David P. Varady, author of Neighborhood Upgrading: A Realistic Assessment