Ingrid Gomez

Ingrid Gomez

http://www.gomezforqueens.com

Twitter: @IngridPGomez Instagram: @gomezforqueens

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 done some tenant organizing in the past and have educated tenants on their rights regarding their leases, MCI’s, housing discrimination, fraud and landlord abuse.

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

Unregulated Rental Apt

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? No

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)

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)

Pressing issues include eliminating rent obligations New Yorkers face once the pandemic and eviction moratorium end; generating safe, stable, permanent, deeply affordable or free social housing; and advancing environmental justice via housing.

I will push to raise taxes on the rich at the state level to provide investment to fund “cancel rent”, build all needed housing, and green housing.

I will work to incentivize construction of thousands of deeply affordable housing units. This will generate well-paid, union jobs in construction, building maintenance, and energy to help alleviate unemployment.

I will work to build socially-conscious housing with on-site clean energy and efficiency, green roofs, healthy indoor materials, that would help in protecting tenants’ health, reducing utility bills, as well as cutting greenhouse gas emissions, contaminants and conserving energy. This includes a Green New Deal for Public Housing that retrofits NYCHA to be sustainable

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  Pressing issues include eliminating rent obligations New Yorkers face once the pandemic and eviction moratorium end; generating safe, stable, permanent, deeply affordable or free social housing; and advancing environmental justice via housing.

I will push to raise taxes on the rich at the state level to provide investment to fund “cancel rent”, build all needed housing, and green housing.

I will work to incentivize construction of thousands of deeply affordable housing units. This will generate well-paid, union jobs in construction, building maintenance, and energy to help alleviate unemployment.

I will work to build socially-conscious housing with on-site clean energy and efficiency, green roofs, healthy indoor materials, that would help in protecting tenants’ health, reducing utility bills, as well as cutting greenhouse gas emissions, contaminants and conserving energy. This includes a Green New Deal for Public Housing that retrofits NYCHA to be sustainable

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?

Start by repealing the Faircloth Amendment and committing to rebuilding + building new public housing–this should be a priority for recovery and the future of NYC. Council members must work together to advocate for investment in public housing from the Federal and State government. Specifically at the state level council must demand our state tax the rich to provide deep investment for NYCHA. The solution is absolutely not privatization of public housing and the city council must fight this.

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? Yes

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)

I will support re-zonings that:

-have completed a full, detailed racial and environmental impact studies and changes have been made to address the results

-the community has been given enough time to give ample input on and that input has been listened to and implemented

-will be for the benefit of the people of my district and not for the profit of developers

-will employ union workers

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

I would like to see a more democratic and community driven land use policy. I propose to drastically reform or abolish the CPC and would empower Community Boards to have a binding vote in the ULURP Process. I would advocate for Community Land Trusts through non-profit entities so that the community determines how to use public land. Working with council colleagues, call for a comprehensive city plan centered on community needs and input.

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 40% Percentage of Unhoused New Yorkers  30%

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

The Willet’s Point development has been proposed for years but will likely be a push during recovery, right as I am taking office. I would significantly change the plan as it stands now because it has the potential to gentrify and displace our community, hurt small businesses, and drive up costs. We need to refocus this development to serve the needs of the community–build deeply affordable and social housing, support local businesses, build more schools and a hospital.

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 team will have a staff member dedicated to tenant services who works with tenant organizers, private citizens, and city enforcement agencies to resolve housing issues. I will work to enact further protections and enforcement of all tenant protections. I will also work to make sure legal aid has funding and staffing to assist in all tenant/landlord issues as needed.

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)

I am not opposed to shelters being built in my district but I will push for the city council to build supportive housing so those who are homeless, including those living in shelters, are moved into permanent housing with all the assistance they need.

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

32a. If no, why not?

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 lead and organize my community and city council to lower rents for stabilized tenants. I will work with tenant leaders to help organize tenants in my district to testify and advocate for lower rents. I will organize my council colleagues to do the same in their districts.

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? Yes