Cuomoville, as activists are calling it: a big protest against Cuomo's housing policies.

Housing Activists Camp Out for Action from Cuomo

A coalition of housing groups is planning to camp out to pressure Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stop the growing problem of homelessness and take action to protect renters.

The groups involved include some of the most active in New York City: Alliance for Tenant Power (an umbrella organization of eight other groups including New York Communities for Change, Make the Road NY, and others), Community Voices Heard, Vocal-NY, Citizen Action of New York and Manufactured Housing Action. They’re going to erect what they’ve called “Cuomoville” outside Gov. Cuomo’s office to demand action.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio cheers the passage of his affordable housing program. Critics like Real Affordability for All say it's not enough.

Affordable for Whom? The Tragically Misguided Arguments about Affordable Housing in NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised 200,000 affordable housing apartments, including 50,000 units for New Yorkers earning less than $40,000. Critics have long said that’s not enough. Now, the Real Affordability for All coalition, led by New York Communities for Change and Bertha Lewis’ The Black Institute, is attacking de Blasio and his Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen for “a Goldman Sachs model of development” that promotes gentrification.

Why is housing so expensive?

There simply aren’t enough apartments in New York City. While new buildings are going up, they don’t make up for all the people who want to live in New York. In addition, the new housing that is built is frequently luxury condos purchased by foreign investors while actually affordable apartments slowly disappear.

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