District  68 Tamika Mapp             

Will you publicize an endorsement from Met Council Action? Yes            

Will you pledge to meet with us regularly? Yes

What type of housing do you live in? Own co-op, condo, or private home

Are you now, or have you ever been a landlord? No

If yes, how many units?

Does your campaign accept contributions from real estate developers (including related individuals), corporate lobbyists, organizations that participate in the carceral system, and/or landlords? No

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

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

If so, how can we be assured you will have tenants’ interests in mind?

Do you believe housing is a human right?Yes

If so, what does that mean to you? Housing should be treated as a basic right rather than a commodity because the primary purpose is providing people a place to live and to prioritize human needs, security and stability.

What actions have you taken in the past to fight for housing justice? I have been actively involved in uplifting our voices for housing justice, with a focus on protecting and enhancing affordable housing. I have organized rallies to defend Section 9 Housing, which is a crucial part of the federal public housing program.

I have taken the initiative to lobby elected officials both in Albany and locally. By directly engaging with policymakers, I have advocated for policies and measures that support in maintaining our affordable housing for the renter and owners.

I have work with groups like Residents to Preserve Public Housing, and helped organize community members to fight for the preservation and funding for NYCHA developments. I have worked to support affordable housing solutions such as co-ops, condos and Mitchell-Lama programs. These programs are essential for providing middle to low-income families with affordable homeownership and rental options.

What are the most pressing housing issues, and what would you do as an elected official to address them?  Housing that every income level can afford. I would like to change how we use the Average Median Income (AMI) and have it reflects the community in which housing is build. Keeping our Public Housing in the Section 9 Program and actively lobby for increased federal and state funding to maintain, improve and build public housing infrastructures.

Advocate for laws that protect the rights of co-op, condo owners and multi-family homeowners and homeowners, such as fair property tax assessments and regulations that prevent predatory lending practices and stricter laws for deed theft.

My office will meet regularly with residents, housing advocates to gather input and keep community informed about ongoing efforts. This will help tailor solutions the needs of the community and builds public support for proposed policies.

I will engage with colleagues across different levels of government to brainstorm and implement solutions that the community wants.

Have you or anyone close to you (family, friend, etc) been evicted or been threatened with eviction? Yes

Have you ever had to fight a landlord for repairs or faced harassment? Yes

Do you believe that housing should be decommodified?Yes

Please explain your answer. Housing should be treated as a basic right rather than a commodity because the primary purpose is providing people a place to live and to prioritize human needs, security and stability.

Do you believe in publicly owned and controlled housing? Yes

What is one rent and/or eviction protection you would enact if you had the opportunity? Transparent rent setting: requires landlords to disclose how rents are set and provide justification for rent increases to ensure they are fair and aligned with local regulations or market conditions and anti-gouging laws: that prevent landlords from usin

Do you agree that all evictions are bad? Yes

Why or why not? Evictions can have profound negative impacts on families and communities. They often lead to disruptions in schooling for children, loss of community ties, and increased stress for everyone affected. We can use the following tools to help avoid evictions, such as a comprehensive tenant education about their rights and responsibilities, access to financial counseling, and emergency rental assistance programs to help tenants manage short-term financial crises without the threat of evictions.

We should have mediation programs in place to help resolve disputes between landlords and tenants as well.

Strengthening community support networks to provide additional resources such as temporary housing, job placement and counseling services can help families recover more quickly from the disruption of an eviction.

Do you support the concept of universal rent control? Yes

Do you support the NYCHA 2.0 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and other privatization schemes? No

Please explain why or why not I don’t support any programs that will displace over 167,000 residents!

What do you see as the best strategies to rectify these problems? I will be working with federal, state and city to increase funding to make the necessary repairs and upgrades we need. We need to improved management practices within NYCHA. This includes adopting modern maintenance and management systems, enhancing transparency in operations and holding management accountable for performance.

Implement regular, independent audits and inspections to ensure maintenance issues are promptly addressed and resources are used effectively. Work with our labor unions to help with the repair on our properties.

How would you use your office to put pressure on landlords to make repairs and stop harassing tenants? Work to pass stricter laws that hold landlords more accountable for making repairs and preventing harassment. This includes higher penalties for non-compliance and clearer definitions of tenant harassment. Meet with landlords and property management groups to discuss their obligations and encourage better compliances with housing laws.

Partner with local tenant groups, housing advocacy groups that can provide grassroots support for tenants and help pressure landlords through public exposure and collective bargaining.

Enhance a system where tenants can anonymously report issues related to repairs and harassment and to alert landlords about their duties.

Do you support regulating the 300,000 deregulated rent-stabilized apartments?Yes

Will you support increased funding and oversight hearings of DHCR’s Office of Rent Administration to ensure timely responses on overcharge complaints and rent reduction orders for hazardous conditions? Yes

Do you support stronger penalties against landlords that practice source of income discrimination?Yes

Do you support Good Cause Eviction Protections? Yes

What will you do to ensure Good Cause gets passed this session? Organize workshops, forums and information sessions to educate both the public and other legislators about what Good Cause eviction bill entails and why its necessary. Clear, accessible information can counteract misinformation and build broader support. Encourage constituents, especially those who would directly benefit from the bill, to contact their representatives and express their support. Write op-eds and work with community groups to organize rallies, petition drives and events to pressure lawmakers.

Will you support ending MCIs? Yes

Will you commit to fully funding the Housing Access Voucher Program? Yes

Do you support the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA)? Yes

How will you support tenants in your district opting into TOPA? Organize and promote workshops or seminars to educate tenants about their rights and opportunities under TOPS. It includes the legal aspects of TOPA, the steps involved in the purchasing process, and financial consideration. Advocate for or establish local funding programs to help tenants exercise their TOPA rights. Ensure that tenants have access to affordable or pro bono legal services to navigate the complexities of the TOPA process. Launch a public awareness campaign to inform tenants about TOPA and encourage them to consider this option. Offer direct support from my office to help tenant groups organize, plan and navigate the TOPA process.

Do you support the move to legalize basement apartments and Accessory dwelling units? Yes

Do you support 421a or Gov Hochul’s proposed 485w? No

Do you support fully funding the Unemployment Bridge Program (S3192 | A4821)? Yes

Do you support the vacancy reset bill? Yes

Are you committed to making sure every tenant in the state has free access to counsel in Housing Court by fully funding Right to Counsel in 2025’s budget? Yes

What will you do to ensure that OCA makes proceedings for tenants facing eviction fair by slowing down cases to match the capacity of legal service providers? Yes

Do you support the creation of a Social Housing Development Authority? Yes

Do you support legislation to reform the NYC Rent Guidelines Board? Yes

Do you support the Universal Rent Control bill (to be introduced) – do you support expanding rent regulation to smaller buildings? Yes Do you support increasing the Individual Apartment Increases (IAI) allowance?