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NYC reasonably priced housing means down, main crime up beneath Mayor Adams

The provision of reasonably priced housing in New York was means down final fiscal yr whereas main crime charges continued to spike, in accordance with Mayor Adams’ first annual administration report launched Friday.

The report, which covers July 2021 by means of June of this yr, leaves numerous room for enchancment, as town continues to grapple with cascading crises that unfolded in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press release, Adams acknowledged the numerous challenges that stay on the horizon for his younger administration, but in addition touted steps in the precise route on some fronts.

“Regardless of two years of pandemic disruptions and ongoing nationwide financial challenges, this yr’s report highlights many areas of success early in our administration, together with emergency preparedness, avenue security, use of public areas, high quality of life, and youth engagement,” Adams stated.

“As we proceed the reopening course of, we’ll stay laser-focused on enhancing company efficiency throughout metropolis authorities, breaking down silos, and ‘getting stuff achieved’ for all New Yorkers.”

Maybe the bleakest chapter of the 494-page report focuses on the state of reasonably priced housing within the Massive Apple.

Simply 16,402 items of reasonably priced housing have been constructed or preserved within the 2022 fiscal yr — a 46% drop in comparison with the 29,408 items produced or preserved within the 2021 fiscal yr, which was already decrease than typical because of the pandemic.

Of the 16,402, solely 9,402 have been newly-built items — a small quantity for a metropolis of almost 9 million folks. The remaining items have been outlined as having their affordability “preserved” due to motion by the Division of Housing Preservation and Growth.

Rachel Charge, govt director of the New York Housing Convention, stated the output figures are trigger for critical alarm.

“HUGE CONCERN,” Charge wrote on Twitter.

Earlier this yr, Charge’s group pressed Adams to make good on his marketing campaign pledge to earmark at the least $4 billion within the metropolis authorities finances for reasonably priced housing improvement and manufacturing. Adams ended up solely setting apart $2.5 billion.

In rolling out his administration’s housing plan in June, Adams dismissed the concept the success of housing insurance policies may be measured towards what number of new reasonably priced items are produced — and refused to set any manufacturing benchmarks. Moderately, Adams stated he would deal with extra nuanced metrics, together with particulars on the state of public housing.

True to that argument, Adams’ administration report confirmed that 5,909 public housing items have been “preserved or rehabbed” within the 2022 fiscal yr due to the Everlasting Affordability Dedication Collectively-Rental Help Demonstration funding components — up from 1,718 within the 2021 fiscal yr.

One other notable housing statistic was that 44% of the newly created or preserved items have been put aside for New Yorkers within the “extraordinarily and really low-income” bracket.

Since taking workplace, Adams has devoted a lot of his public deal with crime-fighting. However the administration report offers a grim image on crime.

Within the final fiscal yr, the report exhibits a complete of 119,742 “main felony crimes” — homicide, manslaughter, rape, theft, assault and grand larceny. That’s up considerably from the 2021 fiscal yr, which noticed 95,369 main felony crimes.

Adams’ report recommended his administration is making some headway on addressing the “root causes” of gun violence.

Because the launch of his “Blueprint to Finish Gun Violence” in January, the report stated NYPD officers confiscated 3,300 weapons by means of the top of June.

The report additionally touted the truth that town noticed 74,884 individuals in its “Summer time Youth Employment Program” by means of the top of June, almost assembly its goal of 75,000, and made the case that such efforts assist curb crime in the long term, too.

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