Gotham Gazette: Shaun Donovan Makes Federal Experience Focus of 2021 Mayoral Message

New York State policymakers will make a number of critical decisions related to affordable housing over the next few months that will shape the upcoming years of affordable housing policy in New York. In the wake of a public health crisis that exacerbated a preexisting housing affordability crisis facing millions of families statewide, it is vital to get those decisions right.

On September 15, New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) will host our Fall Virtual Symposium. This is an important opportunity to hear policy and industry leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities we all face right now.

NYSAFAH typically convenes two industry-wide conferences a year, but the upcoming one is especially important. It will come just after nearly 62,000 New Yorkers filed for unemployment claims ­– a sure sign that families are in desperate need of financial support and likely lack proper housing security. And it comes at a time when public officials and advocacy groups are hearing from residents and community leaders on the ground who are struggling to recover from the pandemic.

New Yorkers need concrete solutions that engage public and private partners in a collective and achievable mission. That is exactly what NYSAFAH’s conferences aim to achieve by convening policymakers, industry leaders, and advocates and discussing unanswered questions about federal rent relief, the role of affordable housing in economic recovery, racial inequality in housing, and more.

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