The phrase “affordable housing” seems plain enough, but it doesn’t always mean what people think it does. It actually has a technical definition, which can determine what gets built and who gets to live there. The Affordable Housing Toolkit helps communities answer the all-important question, “Affordable to whom?”
What Is Affordable Housing? NYC Edition was created by CUP, designer Glen Cummings and MTWTF, and a diverse advisory coalition
of community partners. Released in 2010, the workshop tool since then has helped more than 100 New York City organizations advocate for more equitable community development.
The kit is an interactive workshop tool with activities that break down affordable housing policy into easy-to-understand visuals. A felt chart lets communities look at income demographics, rents, and proposed developments in their neighborhoods. A guidebook explains New
York’s affordable housing programs and who is eligible to use them, and provides step-by-step instructions on how to run a workshop.
Project link: http://welcometocup.org/ Projects/EnvisioningDevelopment/ WhatIsAffordableHousing