Carlina grew up on the Lower East Side, seeing first-hand the housing challenges in our community. Working at Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), she organized tenants to fight displacement and stood up to developers, successfully negotiating to bring hundreds of low, moderate, and middle-income housing units into our communities. As a Council Member, OUR housing priorities will be Carlina's priorities:
Tenant Protection – Carlina will hold predatory landlords accountable by increasing enforcement; supporting the Rent Freeze; and demanding Albany pass stronger laws to end unfair rent hikes and evictions.
The Right to Counsel – 90% of tenants in Housing Court have no legal representation, putting them at a severe disadvantage against landlords and their attorneys. Carlina will support city-funded legal aid for tenants facing eviction, keeping more families in their homes and reducing homelessness.
Zoning – Carlina supports community-based planning because every neighborhood in our City is different and residents of these diverse areas know their needs best.
New Housing – The creation and preservation of affordable, rent-regulated and subsidized housing is important at all income levels. We must strive for as close to 100% of new units built under the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program to be permanently affordable.
NYCHA – With almost 10,000 NYCHA units in District 2, Carlina will fight for more city, state and federal funding to reduce repair backlogs and address longstanding health, safety, accessibility and resiliency issues.
Supportive Housing – A major contributor to our current homelessness crisis is the lack of housing for individuals and families in need of special, onsite services such as nursing, mental healthcare, or job development. Carlina will work with her colleagues to expedite city and state commitments toward this type of development.
Rental Assistance – Reports show that our current homelessness crisis accelerated when rental assistance programs were cut by the city and state during the financial crisis. Carlina believes that we should advocate for a new program, like Home Stability Support, which is estimated to reduce the homeless population more rapidly than current efforts and save taxpayer dollars in the long-run.