An op-ed on affordable housing has vague prescription: "offerings should aim to have wider income ranges whenever possible"
As new units become available, we want to make sure families in our community are the first in line to fill them. In doing so, we have identified several areas where housing policy can be improved to make sure we meet this goal. First is the community preference requirement.
Under current guidelines, residents in Community Board 2 are given preference for half of all new or renovated affordable units within their boundary lines. While this policy is well intended, it is not achieving its goals.
A major reason for this is that many applicants in CB2 (which consists of downtown Brooklyn, the residential and mixed use neighborhoods around it, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard) earn either too much or too little income for the income ranges that are typically made available...
We believe that moving forward, affordable housing offerings should aim to have wider income ranges whenever possible.