Mayor Adams Unveils “Get Stuff Built,” Bold Three-Pronged Strategy to Tackle Affordable Housing Crisis
Dec 09, 2022 - 03:38 AM
New York – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today unveiled “Get Stuff Built,” a comprehensive, three-pronged effort to address New York City’s affordable housing crisis and underlying housing shortage by rapidly accelerating the pace of housing production, with a “moonshot” goal of meeting the need for 500,000 new homes over the next decade. Led by a new report titled “Get Stuff Built,” Mayor Adams’ plan focuses on building housing faster, everywhere, and together in partnership with New York State, the New York City Council, and New Yorkers in all five boroughs.
“If New York is to remain the city we love, we must have places for the people we love. We need more housing, and we need it as fast as we can build it,” said Mayor Adams. “The system has been broken for so long that we have come to view it as our reality. Our city declared a housing emergency five decades ago, yet, we have failed to address it with the same urgency we would any other crisis. That ends now. We can, and we must, do better. We need to add hundreds of thousands of units to address the problem, and that is exactly what we are going to do. Today we are saying yes to more housing and yes to getting stuff built. We are going to build faster, we are going to build everywhere, and we are going to build together.”
“Making our city stronger and bringing opportunity within reach of every New Yorker isn’t something that’s going to happen accidentally,” said Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer. “We need bold action to address our chronic and acute housing crisis and we cannot leave any stone unturned – from reforming our own processes to building housing near new transit stations and to allowing a wider range of unit types in neighborhoods across the city. I’m looking forward to working with our partners to ‘Get Stuff Built’ and to build everywhere, faster, and together.”
“New York City can and should be a leader in ensuring everyone has access to housing. Today’s announcement is a proud moment that shows we are committed to making government work for our neighbors,” said Chief Housing Officer Jessica Katz. “This means cleaning up our processes, updating the rules, and removing the unnecessary administrative burdens that are holding us back. ‘Housing Our Neighbors’ laid out a blueprint for tackling the city’s homelessness crisis, and today you are seeing the results of that work. We have a long way to go, but we will ‘Get Stuff Built’ together and ensure all New Yorkers have a safe, stable, and affordable home.”
“The future prosperity of our city is dependent upon our collective ability to reform broken practices and replace the status quo with impactful and sustainable policies that reduce burdens and respond to the demand for a more efficient, effective, and equitable delivery of government services,” said Chief Efficiency Officer Melanie E. La Rocca. “These recommendations are a real step forward.”
“Get Stuff Built,” a report produced by the Building and Land Use Approval Streamlining Task Force (BLAST) convened in June, includes 111 concrete actions the city will take to create more housing more quickly by cutting red tape, streamlining processes, and removing bureaucratic obstacles that are slowing housing production and economic recovery. These actions will increase the speed and lower the cost of development by accelerating project timelines by 50 percent, ensure environmental protection and meaningful public participation, and stimulate the creation of affordable housing across New York City.
Additionally, Mayor Adams formally kicked off the environmental review process to rezone the areas around two of the four new Metro-North train stations coming to the Bronx, with proposals to create thousands of new homes and family-sustaining jobs. Finally, Mayor Adams announced a series of policy priorities focused on stimulating housing creation, which his administration will pursue alongside partners in New York City, Albany, and Washington, D.C.
All of these initiatives fulfill commitments made in “Housing Our Neighbors,” the Adams administration’s blueprint for housing and homelessness; “Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent: A Blueprint for New York City’s Economic Recovery,” the administration’s blueprint for a strong, equitable comeback; and the mayor’s “City of Yes” plan, which includes proposed zoning changes that would allow for the creation of a significant amount of additional housing.