Proposal: Empty properties could be used for housing
Officials are proposing to use vacant city properties to house thousands of homeless New Yorkers.
According to an audit done by the office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, there are 1,100 vacant properties throughout the city that could be used to develop affordable housing. More than 100 of those properties are in the Bronx.
The comptroller is proposing the creation of a land bank, which would focus efforts on developing permanent affordable housing in the vacant areas.
The New York City Housing Authority has told News 12 that many of the areas are already scheduled to be developed and added that "the assertion that HPD allows vacant city-owned properties to languish in the face of the affordable housing crisis is simply wrong."