In the Media

CHPC’s expertise has been valued for over 70 years and our non-partisan analysis and opinion features widely in the media. You can read all of our latest press mentions here.

February 19, 2017 - by ipadmin - 

Living down under: Mayor de Blasio needs to unleash basement apartments

Citizens Housing and Planning Council scoured every lot in the five boroughs and found that as many as 38,000 basements of single-family houses could be ready to roll as rental apartments — sufficiently above street level and shielded from flooding to provide safe and comfy homes, a boon not just for future tenants but for owners upstairs who need a hand paying the mortgage. READ MORE

February 17, 2017 - by ipadmin - 

More basement apartments would help ease the city’s housing crisis, says new study

A study released Thursday by the Citizens Housing and Planning Council  suggests that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiatives to ease the city’s housing woes should include a program that would convert the 38,000 or so basements in the city’s single-family homes without having to make big changes to city or state laws. READ MORE

 - by ipadmin - 

NYC housing crisis could get boost from legalized basement apartments

The Citizens Housing and Planning Council has published a report that explores the feasibility of utilizing basements and cellars as an alternate form of housing.  According to their study, there are between 10,000 and 38,000 basements that could potentially be converted into apartments under the program. By changing current housing and zoning laws, the city could put a dent in the housing crisis without adding more developments and creating apartments that could potentially rent below market rate. READ MORE

February 16, 2017 - by ipadmin - 

The Case for Basement Apartments

A study put out by CHPC  states that there are approximately 38,000 potential  basement apartments in New York City.  Deputy Director Sarah Watson explained, there are many advantages to creating a legal basement unit, "You don't have to acquire the land, you don't have to increase the size or shape of the home and adding a rental unit to their revenue for the month can really save them from losing their homes." READ MORE

Featured Event

Making Room Exhibition

Opening on November 18th 2017, Making Room: Housing for a Changing America is an exhibition organized with the National Building Museum in Washington DC in partnership with Resource Furniture and Clei.

Read More

Support CHPC

Your contribution will provide critical support for our research and advocacy efforts, which shape key policies that improve housing throughout the city.