Homelessness has been an increasing problem in New York City and our district. Our elected leader has failed to come up with creative ideas that really make a difference in helping people to get out of a homelessness situation. Many times, homeless people refuse to go shelters because of the conditions and/or treatment they receive; many rather be on the street as opposed to a shelter. There can be innovative programs where the homeless can receive a food voucher for checking into a shelter a minimum number of times per week. This would encourage homeless people to check into the shelters while the at same time providing necessities such as food or personal items. This is just one example of many creative initiatives that can be taken to not only reduce; but solve the homeless problem in New York City. Affordable housing in New York City is practically non-existent. While my opponent the 14th term (over 25 years) Congresswoman takes much pride in supposedly “advocating” for affordable housing, it seems like her “advocacy” has not generated any real results for the people of our great City. As a small business owner of a real estate and property management company, I have seen firsthand how difficult it can be for people to find affordable housing in our City.
There is much more we can do and that does not mean just requiring developers to designate more affordable housing units as part of a project. There should be incentives for both landlords and tenants that can help keep rents stay affordable while at the same time providing an offset for a landlord/tenant. This brings us to “NYCHA” New York City Housing Authority. With over 176,066 units and 2,462 buildings; NYCHA is one of the biggest landlords in the City. Yet I can say from personal experience that they are probably one of the worse, if not the worse property management companies in the entire US. The condition of the majority of NYCHA buildings is unacceptable; many buildings often report constant issues with gas, electricity, maintenance, sanitation and general management/upkeeping of the properties. It is unacceptable that public officials spend billions and billions of dollars year after year; with promises of “solving the problem”. However, throwing money at a problem is not going to fix it. As a property manager myself for over 8 years; I can say to you with confidence that I can fix NYCHA in its entirety with probably half of the budget the city currently uses.