ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING
SUBCOMMITTEE ON MITCHELL-LAMA
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Affordable housing has always been, and will continue to be, a major priority for the New York State Assembly. To address this issue, the Assembly has supported a multitude of programs and initiatives that would create new and preserve existing affordable housing. Among these initiatives one of the most important is the Mitchell-Lama program, which has produced tens of thousands of affordable units across New York State. In recent years, however, the number of units participating in the program has decreased. This is due to a variety of reasons that include: lawsuits filed to remove buildings from the Mitchell-Lama program; corporations paying off loans to remove their existing units from the program; and few new units being developed to strengthen the purpose of the initiative. The purpose of this hearing is to explore the issues that the program faces, and to evaluate the possible solutions to keep Mitchell-Lama housing strong.
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Member of Assembly
Committee on Housing
Linda B. Rosenthal
Member of Assembly
Subcommittee on Mitchell-Lama
What measures can the Legislature take to preserve Mitchell-Lama housing? What incentives would persuade landlords to remain in the program instead of buying out?
Should the efforts to preserve Mitchell-Lama housing be focused on maintaining existing units or attracting new developers to the program?
How can the Legislature help protect tenants in Mitchell-Lama rental and co-op buildings that leave the program?
Are there specific areas of New York City facing a shortage of Mitchell-Lama housing? If so, has this been caused by recent departures from the program?
How can the State better inform tenants of their rights, as well as the rules and regulations concerning the Mitchell-Lama buyout process? Are there recommendations for updating these rules and regulations to further protect tenants' rights?
What elements would constitute an equitable process for the residents of Mitchell-Lama buildings participating in the Mitchell-Lama program that are considering withdrawing from the program? What advantages and disadvantages do processes such as weighted voting, blind voting, and voting by unit pose for individuals involved in such a process?