Kristin Richardson Jordan
Twitter @kristin4harlem Instagram @kristin4harlem
.Do you believe housing is a human right?
16.What type of action have you taken in the past around issues of housing justice?
a. I worked with Palente Harlem and organized tenants of my previous building 120 west 138th street in a rent strike when we did not have heat. I spoke at a public hearing on behalf of tenants of my current building at Lenox Terrace in opposition to the developer Olnick attempting to expand
17.What type of housing do you live in?
a. Unregulated Rental Apt
b. Regulated Rental Apt
c. Limited Equity Coop
e. Own a coop, condo, or private home
18.Are you, or have you ever been, a landlord?
19.Does your campaign accept contributions from real estate developers (including related individuals), corporate lobbyists, organizations that participate in the carceral system, and/or landlords?
20.Have you ever worked in, or had another affiliation with, the Real Estate industry?
21.Have any of your campaign or advisory staff held a position as a corporate lobbyist or an executive role with the Real Estate industry?
22.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) a. I think the most pressing issue, out of many pressing issues, is making sure that NYCHA facilities are fully funded to be renovated, repaired, and modernized so residents can live once again in dignity.
23.Do you believe that housing should be decommodified?
24.What would you do as an elected representative to move that vision forward? (500 characters) *
a. I will push for a local version of the Green New Deal for Public Housing, which calls for a massive construction project of social housing which will provide below market-rate rents for tenants to be able to find actually affordable housing in New York City.
25.Do you support the concept of rent regulation and eviction protections? a. Yes
26.Do you believe in publicly owned and controlled housing?
27.NYCHA has suffered from chronic underfunding, neglect and disrepair. What do you see as the best strategies to rectify these problems?
a. We need to increase city-level funding of NYCHA, partially financed through land value and pied-a-terre taxes, as well as pushing for increased state and federal funding for NYCHA facilities.
28.Do you support the NYCHA 2.0 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)/ PACT program and other privatization schemes?
29. Would you support an immediate moratorium on the sale or lease of all City-owned land and air rights to for-profit developers?
30.Would you require that any housing built on public land be 100% permanently affordable to low- and extremely-low income New Yorkers?
31.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?
32.Would you end the custom of deferring to local council members on land use decisions?
33.What standards would a rezoning need to meet for you to support it? (500 characters)
a. For me, community buy-in is essential. We’ve seen how real estate developers wax poetic about how this new development will bring affordable housing and good-paying jobs to the community, but only continues to outprice and displace those residents. If local tenants groups and housing organizers are in support of a rezoning or new development, then I will support it.
34.What reforms to zoning would you propose to increase community input into development? (500 characters)
a. We need to make sure that the votes of Community Boards are binding and not merely advisory. What use is there of a Community Board review process if their vote is merely advisory and the developers really only need to lobby the councilmember?
35.Would you pass and enforce a true racial impact study as part of any rezoning? a. Yes
36.What percentage of a new housing development built in a rezoned area should be for families earning at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, as well as available to unhoused New Yorkers?
a. Below 200%: 20%
b. Unhoused New Yorkers: 15%
37.What is/has been the most important land use fight in your district and what position did you take on it? (500 characters)
a. Last year’s battle between Olnick Development Corp and the members of the Lenox Terrace Association was pivotal in our district and I was at the center of advocating for myself and my fellow tenants and my central Harlem community. In the end we won our battle to stop the expansion and re-zoning that Olnick wanted to do.
38.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? a. Yes
39.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? a. Yes
40.Do you support expanding funding and oversight of the City’s emergency repair program to correct hazardous violations and send the owner the bill? a. Yes
41.How would you use your office to put pressure on landlords to make repairs and stop harassing tenants? (500 characters)
a. I envision my office being an organizing hub for organizers of all stripes, and that includes housing organizers. We will strategize how best to use the influence of my office to elevate the needs of tenants and fight back against negligent and odious landlords.
Commercial Real Estate
42.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?
43.Do you support converting hotel rooms into permanently affordable apts? a. Yes
44.Would you end the practice of police responding to people who are homeless?
45.Would you oppose homeless shelters being built in your district? a. No
46.Why or why not?
a. If you support building more shelters, but then oppose those shelters being built in your district, you really don’t support more shelters, do you?
Housing Court and Evictions
47.Do you agree that all evictions are bad?
48.Are you committed to making sure every tenant has free access to counsel in Housing Court?
49. Would you support an eviction moratorium every winter (Heat Season Oct. 1-May 31)?
Rent Guidelines Board
50.Do you believe that the Rent Guidelines Board should lower rents for rent stabilized tenants?
51.If yes, what will you do to influence the board to do so? (500 characters) a. I will publicize my efforts to push for lower rents, and use my influence to shame the board if they do not lower the rent. Tenants in stabilized units
were already struggling before COVID, and we need brave and strident leadership in fighting for affordable housing everywhere.
52.Have you ever testified on behalf of tenants at a public hearing of the RGB?
a. Yes I have testified on behalf of tenants at a public hearing in my community.
Policing and Surveillance
53.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? a. Yes
54.Will you commit to only vote for a budget that decreases funding to the NYPD? a. Yes
55.Where would you invest that money instead? (500 characters)
a. I would divert the over $3 billion reduction I am pushing for to social workers, counselors, and mental health experts trained in deescalation techniques to deal wit homeless outreach, mental health crises, school safety, and domestic violence reports. If there is any leftover money, I would love to collaborate to see where we should place that money!