Nabaraj KC

Nabaraj KC

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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)

Through my years as a community activist, with positions in Queens’ Rotaract Club and my field work helping marginalized communities during COVID-19, I have put my work towards the success of others who need it. I want to ensure a stable future for them and their families. I have spent many years helping Nepali people rise from poverty, and helping Nepali-Americans who struggle to find their place America

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? No

6. Have you ever worked in, or had another affiliation with, the Real Estate industry?  Yes

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)

I have worked as a realtor but have also always worked to support the residents of my district.

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)

Addressing housing in Queens without addressing affordable housing or low income housing is impossible. The rent payments in Queens for low income people are ridiculously high in comparison to the living conditions. Especially during a pandemic, tenants, many of whom may be out of a job, need aid in providing rent money and living in their own homes.

To address this at the city council level, I plan on putting forward policies in collaboration with other city council members that properly route money towards affordable housing and low income city infrastructure, as well as addressing tenant rights publicly and through legislation, allowing for more leeway for the tenants to get their rent in, especially during such a harsh time.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  Addressing housing in Queens without addressing affordable housing or low income housing is impossible. The rent payments in Queens for low income people are ridiculously high in comparison to the living conditions. Especially during a pandemic, tenants, many of whom may be out of a job, need aid in providing rent money and living in their own homes.

To address this at the city council level, I plan on putting forward policies in collaboration with other city council members that properly route money towards affordable housing and low income city infrastructure, as well as addressing tenant rights publicly and through legislation, allowing for more leeway for the tenants to get their rent in, especially during such a harsh time.

9a. What would you do as an elected representative to move that vision forward? (500 characters)

Maybe

10. Do you support the move to legalize basement apts?  No

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 plan on putting forward policies in collaboration with other city council members that properly route money towards affordable housing and low income city infrastructure. I will ensure tax money is given back to communities to ensure their betterment. I will also address tenant rights publicly and through legislation, allowing for more leeway for the tenants to get their rent in, especially during such a harsh time.

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? No

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

We need to ensure that all rezoning is creating sustainable buildings and homes. Affordable housing should be humane homes that families and individuals can reside in comfortably.

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

We need to ensure that all rezoning is creating sustainable buildings and homes. Affordable housing should be humane homes that families and individuals can reside in comfortably.

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 25% 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)

The status of development on wetlands has been a contested issue in our district.

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)

We would have to ensure that proper protocols are being followed and that both landlords and tenants are acting appropriately and responsibly.

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)

It is essential however, we need to be smart and safe about where we locate these facilities within our district.

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

32a. If no, why not? Tenants still need to bare some responsibility, depending on the 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 would stress the importance of residents having affordable housing, as housing is a human right.

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