District  70 Shana Harmongoff   

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?  Limited Equity Co-Op / HFDC / Mitchell-Lama

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?  Yes, I believe housing should be decommodified to ensure that it’s viewed as a basic human right rather than a commodity for profit. When housing is treated as a commodity, it can lead to speculation, gentrification, and unaffordability, pushing marginalized communities out of their homes. Decommodifying housing would involve prioritizing public and nonprofit approaches to housing provision, such as community land trusts and social housing programs. This would help ensure that everyone has access to safe, affordable housing, regardless of their income or background.

What actions have you taken in the past to fight for housing justice?  In the past, I’ve contributed to housing justice efforts through various actions. However, I believe it’s crucial to continuously assess and adapt our approaches to address evolving challenges. Moving forward, I remain committed to advocating for fair housing policies and actively engaging in initiatives that promote housing equity and accessibility for all.

What are the most pressing housing issues, and what would you do as an elected official to address them?   As an elected official, I recognize that the most pressing housing issues include affordability, homelessness, and housing discrimination. To address affordability, I would work to implement policies that incentivize the development of affordable housing units and protect tenants from unjust rent increases.

Additionally, I would allocate resources to provide support services for individuals experiencing homelessness, with a focus on permanent housing solutions rather than temporary shelters. To combat housing discrimination, I would advocate for stronger anti-discrimination laws and increased enforcement measures to ensure fair and equal access to housing for all residents.

Overall, my approach would prioritize collaboration with community stakeholders and evidence-based strategies to create inclusive and sustainable housing solutions.

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. Yes, I believe housing should be decommodified to ensure that it’s viewed as a basic human right rather than a commodity for profit. When housing is treated as a commodity, it can lead to speculation, gentrification, and unaffordability, pushing marginalized communities out of their homes. Decommodifying housing would involve prioritizing public and nonprofit approaches to housing provision, such as community land trusts and social housing programs. This would help ensure that everyone has access to safe, affordable housing, regardless of their income or background.

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?  If given the opportunity to enact one rent and/or eviction protection, I would implement a rent stabilization policy. Rent stabilization would help protect tenants from sudden and exorbitant rent increases, providing them with greater stability and predic

Do you agree that all evictions are bad?  No

Why or why not?  While eviction is often a difficult and challenging experience for individuals and families, it’s important to consider each situation on a case-by-case basis. Some evictions may be necessary in cases of non-payment of rent or violation of lease terms, while others may result from systemic issues such as housing unaffordability or lack of tenant protections. Therefore, categorizing all evictions as inherently bad may oversimplify the complexity of housing issues. Instead, efforts should focus on preventing unjust evictions through measures such as tenant protections, affordable housing initiatives, and social support systems to address underlying causes of housing instability.

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 While I acknowledge the need for solutions to address the significant challenges facing the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), including deteriorating infrastructure and inadequate funding, I approach privatization schemes such as the NYCHA 2.0 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) with caution. While RAD may offer opportunities for much-needed capital investment and improvements to public housing, there are concerns about the long-term impacts on tenant protections, affordability, and accountability.Before supporting such privatization schemes, I would prioritize comprehensive community engagement, thorough assessment of the potential risks and benefits, and robust safeguards to protect tenants’ rights and ensure ongoing public oversight. Ultimately, any proposed privatization initiatives must prioritize the well-being and interests of NYCHA residents and uphold the principles of transparency, equity, and affordability.

What do you see as the best strategies to rectify these problems?  Addressing chronic underfunding, neglect, and disrepair in NYCHA requires increased government funding, efficient management reforms, strategic partnerships, green initiatives, tenant empowerment, and stronger legal protections. By implementing these strategies, NYCHA can improve living conditions and ensure sustainable, affordable housing for its residents.

How would you use your office to put pressure on landlords to make repairs and stop harassing tenants?  I would use my office to pressure landlords by strengthening tenant protections through legislation, enforcing housing laws rigorously, raising public awareness, fostering community engagement, and empowering tenants to advocate for their rights collectively. Through these efforts, we can hold landlords accountable and ensure safe, dignified housing for all residents.

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?  To ensure Good Cause legislation passes this session, I’ll collaborate with stakeholders, educate colleagues on its importance, advocate in committees, mobilize public support, and be open to negotiation. By building coalitions, engaging peers, and mobilizing constituents, we can advance housing justice and protect tenant rights.

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?  To support tenants opting into TOPA, I’ll launch educational campaigns, provide resources, facilitate negotiations, advocate for funding, and foster community engagement. Empowering tenants to exercise their TOPA rights will promote community stability and preserve affordable housing options.

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?  No