Dao Yin

Dao Yin

https://www.daoyin.nyc/

Twitter: @DaoYinforNYC Instagram: DaoYinforNYC

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 am promoting a ten percent (10%) City Rent Tax Credit for middle-class families who qualify, to help with the ever-increasing cost of living in Queens.  Promoting first- time homeowner programs can help alleviate some of our housing problems as well.  Home ownership at a reasonable price often keeps families together and makes for better neighborhoods.

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?

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)

With regard to question #5, I will only accept contributions from those in the real estate industry that I already have a personal relationship with

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)

With an increasing population and a diminishing affordable housing supply, New York City is facing a huge crisis.  Even though new housing has been built over the last two decades, it has mostly been for the upper class and the super-rich.  New York City is unique in that a large portion of housing is sold to non-New-Yorkers who live here only part-time.  This takes away valuable housing stock from families and seniors on a fixed income who are simply looking for adequate shelter.

New construction in New York should not be a reason for families and individuals to become homeless. We need to create a balance between redevelopment and the sanctity of peoples’ homes.  Conditions should be created to avoid homelessness due to redevelopment, in order to avoid the consequences that clearly follow and disrupt.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  With an increasing population and a diminishing affordable housing supply, New York City is facing a huge crisis.  Even though new housing has been built over the last two decades, it has mostly been for the upper class and the super-rich.  New York City is unique in that a large portion of housing is sold to non-New-Yorkers who live here only part-time.  This takes away valuable housing stock from families and seniors on a fixed income who are simply looking for adequate shelter.

New construction in New York should not be a reason for families and individuals to become homeless. We need to create a balance between redevelopment and the sanctity of peoples’ homes.  Conditions should be created to avoid homelessness due to redevelopment, in order to avoid the consequences that clearly follow and disrupt.

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?

I will support efforts to make NYCHA more diligent in repairing the thousands of city-owned apartments in our borough.  Fixing housing problems now will avoid larger problems in the years ahead.

14. Do you support the NYCHA 2.0 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)/ PACT program and other privatization schemes? Depends

15. Would you support an immediate moratorium on the sale or lease of all City-owned land and air rights to for-profit developers? Depends

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? No

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

It would need to strongly demonstrate that it would primarily serve the interests of the local community. Obtaining secondary benefits while primarily enriching wealthy developers would not be sufficient.

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

Information regarding possible rezoning needs to be more effectively communicated to the community at large. Community board members may easily obtain information, but much of the population may not.

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 30% Percentage of Unhoused New Yorkers  25%

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

With so many small businesses closing due to COVID, I feel that the most important fight is yet to come. Once we are past the epidemic and can return to work, we must ensure that small businesses are able to return to their prior locations and that the property isn’t all snatched up by large corporate developers.

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)

My office will be a safe place for members of the community to reach out for help. My staff will connect them with services and professionals to help them. If they need information, advocacy, or legal help, we will get them to the right place.

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? No

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

We should not allow any New Yorkers to suffer out on the street. Homelessness is a problem that disproportionately affects minority populations, like LGBT and people of color. Failing to address this problem only increases the disparity between privileged and disadvantaged populations. However, we cannot allow shelters to only be built in poorer neighborhoods. Both sides of this burden cannot be borne by disadvantaged communities. This is a problem that the entire city must come together for.

32. Do you agree that all evictions are bad? No

32a. If no, why not? Despite the discourse around unfair and inappropriate evictions of tenants by greedy landlords, there are times when tenants need to be ejected from a property. When they are causing problems for other tenants or actively causing damage to the property, for example, or even a worst case scenario of drug deal and/or prostitution. Eviction is a necessary tool in the toolbox. It just needs to be only deployed in the most appropriate circumstances.

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)
I will advocate for this position, but I would not want to use my office to unduly influence other bodies. A city council seat is a bully pulpit, but no actual bullying should be done, especially that a lot of mom & pop landlords live on a thin line under such rent guidelines..

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