Despite efforts by city government to preserve or create thousands of affordable housing units, rent protections for much of the existing stock will expire in the coming decades. Nowhere is this challenge more apparent than in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood, where most residents live in some form of rent-regulated housing. Read more...
Four out of 10 of the region's households pay more than 35% of their income for housing. At the same time, tri-state residents have the longest commutes in the nation.
RPA's housing efforts look at ways to create and preserve affordable and varied housing to accommodate a diverse and growing population. We also analyze the impact of transit and other development projects on home values, economic opportunity and the environment throughout the region. Our recent work has included a pair of reports on the threat to affordable housing in East Harlem; studies projecting the significant gains in home values from improvements to commuter-rail networks; and a look at how a shortage of entry-level and rental housing in Long Island is affecting the area’s economy.