Adrienne Adams

Adrienne Adams

https://www.adamsfornyc.com/

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Do you believe housing is a human right? Yes

What type of action have you taken in the past around issues of housing justice? (500 characters)

I have build affordable housing for seniors in my district and have advocated to build more income based housing in SE Queens. I have Rochdale Village and NYCHAs within my district and I have worked with Neighborhood Housing Services to provide free legal service for foreclosure prevention.

3. What type of housing do you currently live in?              

Own a co-op, condo or private home

4. Are you, or have you ever been, a landlord? No

4a. If yes, where & how many apts. did you own? 0

5. Does your campaign accept contributions from real estate developers (including related individuals), corporate lobbyists, organizations that participate in the carceral system, and/or landlords? Yes

6. Have you ever worked in, or had another affiliation with, the Real Estate industry?  No

7. Have any of your campaign or advisory staff held a position as a corporate lobbyist or an executive role with the Real Estate industry? No

6. & 7. If so, how can we be assured you will have tenants’ interests in mind?  (250 characters)

I have accepted donations from Real Estate but I have invested millions of dollars to upgrade and repair the NYCHAs within my district. I also have a strong pro tenant record in the council and have never voted against the interests of tenants.

8. What do you think are the most pressing Housing issues & what action would you take to address them as a City Council Member?  (1000 characters)

The most pressing issue during the pandemic has been rental relief and stopping evictions. I have funded Legal Aid Society to help fight foreclosures and tenant evictions to address the pressures of high unemployment. While our city faces a major crisis in the upcoming budget, I’m dedicated to fighting for increased protection of tenants and NYCHA residents to not only stay in their homes but invest in reducing emissions and repairs.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  The most pressing issue during the pandemic has been rental relief and stopping evictions. I have funded Legal Aid Society to help fight foreclosures and tenant evictions to address the pressures of high unemployment. While our city faces a major crisis in the upcoming budget, I’m dedicated to fighting for increased protection of tenants and NYCHA residents to not only stay in their homes but invest in reducing emissions and repairs.

9a. What would you do as an elected representative to move that vision forward? (500 characters)

Yes

10. Do you support the move to legalize basement apts?  Yes

11. Do you support the concept of rent regulation and eviction protections? Yes

12. Do you believe in publicly owned and controlled housing? Yes

13. NYCHA has suffered from chronic underfunding, neglect and disrepair. What do you see as the best strategies to rectify these problems?

While the federal monitor was a good start in forcing the current administration to address long standing issues within NYCHA, I will still fight for the next administration to prioritize not only affordable housing but NYCHA specifically. As a member of the budget negotiating team, I will make sure NYCHA tenant associations, management and the community housing organizations are at the forefront of our budget negotiations during this fiscal crisis.

14. Do you support the NYCHA 2.0 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)/ PACT program and other privatization schemes? No

15. Would you support an immediate moratorium on the sale or lease of all City-owned land and air rights to for-profit developers? No

16. Would you require that any housing built on public land be 100% permanently affordable to low- and extremely-low income New Yorkers? Yes

17. Would you aggressively use City programs and eminent domain to take ownership of distressed properties and transfer them to community control such as Community Land Trusts?      Yes

18. Would you end the custom of deferring to local council members on land use decisions? Yes

19. What standards would a rezoning need to meet for you to support it? (500 characters)

Establish a community land trust, local hire agreement, unionized workers and the total support from the community board, civics and residents of the impacted area.

20. What reforms to zoning would you propose to increase community input into development?  (500 characters)

I would empower the community boards during the UULURP process and expand the timeframe to give more notice to local residents on the upcoming project.

21. Would you pass and enforce a true racial impact study as part of any rezoning?  Yes

Percentage of people who are below 200% of the poverty line 50% Percentage of Unhoused New Yorkers  50%

23. What is/has been the most important land use fight in your district and what position did you take on it?  (500 characters)

We have not had any land use fights in my district during my tenure.

24. Would you support increased funding and oversight of NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Mayor’s Tenant Protection Unit to educate tenants on their rights to organize in NYC rental buildings? YesYes

25. Will you support the City seeking injunctions against the landlords on the Right to Counsel’s “worst evictors list,” barring worst evictors from bringing eviction cases while under investigation, and implementing good cause evictions protections? Yes

26. Do you support expanding funding and oversight of the City’s emergency repair program to correct hazardous violations and send the owner the bill? Yes

27. How would you use your office to put pressure on landlords to make repairs and stop harassing tenants?  (500 characters)

Our office works with Legal Aid Society, CUNY Law and Neighborhood Housing Services to provide free legal counsel during disputes between tenants and landlords. Our office has also contacted the landlords to helping the tenants receive repairs and also inform the landlord of the tenants rights including their right to legal counsel in housing court.

28. Do you support the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA—Int 0737-2018) and Commercial Rent Stabilization bill (Int 1796-2019) currently in committee in the City Council?Yes

29. Do you support converting hotel rooms into permanently affordable apts? Yes

30. Would you end the practice of police responding to people who are homeless?  Yes

31. Would you oppose homeless shelters being built in your district? Yes

31a. Why or why not?  (500 characters)

We have the highest concentration of homeless shelters in Queens and have taken on more than our fair share. I support creating more safe, affordable permanent housing instead of building more shelters.

32. Do you agree that all evictions are bad? Yes

32a. If no, why not? N/A

33. Are you committed to making sure every tenant has free access to counsel in Housing Court? Yes

34. Would you support an eviction moratorium every winter (Heat Season Oct. 1-May 31)?  Yes

35. Do you believe that the Rent Guidelines Board should lower rents for rent stabilized tenants? Yes

35a. If yes, what will you do to influence the board to do so?  (500 characters)
We will pressure the new administration in appointing more tenants and advocates onto the rent guidelines board and use my bully pulpit to champion the reduction of lower rents for all rent stabilized tenants.

36. Have you ever testified on behalf of tenants at a public hearing of the RGB? No

37. Do you support restricting the ability of landlords to discriminate and surveil tenants through the use of technologies such as key fobs, smartphone apps, and facial recognition to gain entry into their apartment units and/or buildings? Yes

38. Will you commit to only vote for a budget that decreases funding to the NYPD? No