The State Of Affordable Housing During The COVID Crisis In Harlem

By Jerrod Delaine

All housing has been affected by the COVID-19 Global Health pandemic, with New York being the epicenter of how it can spread and bring a city to a complete stop. The mass infection rate and the fear from it will be studied by historians for generations. There’s been small epidemic scares such as SARS and ebola. But those infectious diseases never reached the level to stop the global movement.

Part of the disease’s heightened danger is that it is deadly to those who have Preexisting health issues and/or less than optimal health conditions. The African American community and the Latin community have suffered much from this point.

Contributing to this is that healthcare facilities in urban communities such as Harlem are not equal to the contemporaries.

Contributing to this is that healthcare facilities in urban communities such as Harlem are not equal to the contemporaries. Neighborhoods such as the Upper West Side have had various urgent care facilities, which reliefs the burden on hospital emergency care rooms.


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Historically Harlem has a high unemployment rate compared to other communities in the city…

The current capitalist system in place in America ties health care coverage to your place of employment. Historically Harlem has a high unemployment rate compared to other communities in the city; this means a significant portion of this population has suboptimal coverage.

Policies such as universal basic income aim to create a new frontier of American life.

These communities tend to have higher obesity rates. Cities across America have zoning laws/ordinances which block fast-food restaurants and alcohol store sales, but they are allowed to large batches in African American communities. The health and quality of life impact are well known, COVID has brought this practice to the forefront. Policies such as universal basic income aim to create a new frontier of American life.

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BLM 

What is BLM? BLM or Black Lives Matter is a decentralized political and social movement focusing on protesting against police brutality.

This movement is a collective of people and organizations spread across the country with no definitive leader, similar to other modern activities; it’s hard to stop or takedown without a central focal point.

This movement is a collective of people and organizations spread across the country with no definitive leader, similar to other modern activities; it’s hard to stop or takedown without a central focal point.

The movement was initially focused on racially motivated violence against blacks and now includes taking down symbols and systems of an oppressive era in American history.

Harlem as a community has a long, well-documented history in fighting against racial injustice.

Harlem as a community has a long, well-documented history in fighting against racial injustice.

Hopefully, in this latest incarnation, we can solidify solutions that stick.

Affordable housing in Harlem Today

Affordable housing in Harlem is a resource that has been converted and reduced in quantity. There’s the ongoing question you’ll often hear, “affordable to who?”. A simple explanation is housing below-market prices, often with government incentives to keep those prices below market.

The cost of living in major cities has been on a 10-11 year run, New York City being a prime example of this. COVID has created a gold rush for housing in suburbia; this may make some space and breathing room for accommodation for those who need it.

Lots of new housing is being constructed as we speak. It remains to be seen how that will impact rents in Harlem and the Heights.

There is currently a rebirth in residential real estate in the South Bronx. Lots of new housing is being constructed as we speak. It remains to be seen how that will impact rents in Harlem and the Heights. The same should add supply to the housing market, which should loosen affordable housing pressure.

At the same time, there’s a significant reduction in rents in the Upper West Side and Upper East Side; this will impact the rents in Harlem.

At the same time, there’s a significant reduction in rents in the Upper West Side and Upper East Side; this will impact the rents in Harlem. This should create more supply with the reduced demand because of COVID, renters should find good deals on rents.

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Public housing in New York City continues to be in dire standings. The New York City Housing Authority has explored innovative solutions such as ground leases to developers and joint ventures to generate much-needed cash to handled delayed repairs. With the incoming Biden Administration, there should be more support and additional funding solutions from HUD.

Conclusion 

The lasting political effects of COVID and BLM remain to be seen. BLM is seeking to improve black people’s quality of life, including better policing, better resources for small businesses, and a reassessment of housing. Quality housing is the foundation of a healthy community; this must be on the agenda going forward for the next 10-11 year run.

Jerrod Delaine has published 3 books in the field of real estate development. His intent is to inform the masses of the intricacies of this complicated field in simple consumable mediums. http://www.jerroddelaine.com/

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