The People First Rezoning Plan was created by residents, small business owners, and community organizations to address this crisis of affordability in an increasingly luxury city. It aims to limit luxury development and promote the development of low-income housing urgently needed in Chinatown and the Lower East Side.
In 2012, almost ten thousand community members signed petitions supporting the People First Rezoning Plan and calling for 100% low-income housing to be built on the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (now known as Essex Crossing).
The People First Rezoning Plan includes provisions to:
- Ensure that any new housing development on public land is 100% low-income and undergoes community review;
- Pass a contextual rezoning to prevent further loss of existing affordable housing and limit luxury development; and
- Enact anti-harassment and anti-demolition provisions throughout the community to stop landlord harassment and strengthen tenants’ rights.
Yolanda Donato, NYCHA resident and representative of Luchadores Mujeres: “We have had enough of 12 years of Bloomberg’s policies. We voted for Mayor deBlasio because he made a commitment to address our needs. We have been working with the community for more than five years to come up with a land use plan, and we expect Mayor deBlasio to listen to what the community has to say.”
Join us this summer! Community members will organize a postcard campaign to hold Mayor de Blasio accountable to the community’s needs and to call on him to pass the People First Rezoning Plan.