The Hudson Valley is in a housing crisis. That’s because corporate developers and landlords are driving up rents and home prices, forcing people out of our communities, and making it near-impossible to find an affordable place to live.
I have had firsthand experience with this crisis for my entire life. I’m a lifelong renter who raised my family in Hudson public housing. But getting that apartment wasn’t easy—I had to spend three years on the waitlist as a single teen mom. I know what it’s like to be at risk of eviction and homelessness, and doesn’t want anyone else to experience what my family did.
That’s why I co-founded the Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition to advocate for low-income and public housing tenants. I also serve as vice chair of the Hudson Housing Authority and have worked to secure more funding for affordable housing in the Hudson Valley.
I believe that housing is a human right and that everyone—whether they own or rent their home—should be able to afford to live in the Hudson Valley. That’s why I’m fighting to:
Pass strong tenant protections.
- The Good Cause Eviction bill would help keep people in their homes by banning evictions and large rent increases without a “good cause.” This would give tenants the right to renew their lease and challenge outrageous rent hikes.The Housing Access Voucher Program (HAVP) would help end homelessness in New York by creating a rental assistance program for those who are currently homeless or who are at risk of homelessness.
- The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) would give tenants the right of first refusal if their landlord decides to sell their building, allowing them to buy the building and turn it into a cooperative, public housing, or a permanently affordable rental property.
- Reforming and expanding rent stabilization as outlined in the Emergency Tenant Protection Act would allow more municipalities to opt into local protections for renters.
- Create a statewide right to counsel in eviction proceedings.
- Codify the Homeownership Protection Program to provide homeownership retention services, foreclosure mitigation services, and free legal counseling for all homeowners.
- Provide grants and forgivable loans to homeowners so they can repair and weatherize their properties, based on Pennsylvania’s successful Whole-Home Repairs program.
- Create a New York State Flood Insurance Association to provide homeowners affordable flood insurance outside the private market.
- Ban foreclosures if a homeowner has applied for the New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund or another program that provides federal funding for emergency mortgage assistance.
Build more truly affordable housing
- Create a statewide Social Housing Development Authority (SHDA) tasked with building and maintaining affordable housing outside the for-profit real estate market.
- Change New York’s zoning laws to allow for more affordable housing construction, especially along public transit stations.
- Regulate short-term rental websites like Airbnb and ban “vacation rentals” (whole-home units listed on Airbnb without the host living there) to free up housing for both renters and first-time homeowners, while keeping our neighborhoods from turning into unregulated hotels.
- End giveaways to corporate developers and landlords that shift the tax burden onto middle-class homeowners, such as PILOT programs and the 421-a tax break.
Compare to Didi Barrett’s record:
During her decade in office, Barrett has sided with the corporate real estate industry over the tenants of her district by:
- Voting against two consecutive eviction moratoriums during COVID-19, jeopardizing countless families’ homes and public safety during the pandemic.