Shadoe Tarver

Shadoe Tarver

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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)

Recently I’ve helped lead efforts by my local mutual-aid group to combat against development forces and implement plans to build more cooperative housing.

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

Unregulated Rental Apt

4. Are you, or have you ever been, a landlord? Yes

4a. If yes, where & how many apts. did you own? 2

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 was part owner of a real estate advisory firm in Newark, but divested my interest when I realized that the firm and I had divergent beliefs on community development. I firmly believe in housing as a right and not a commodity.

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)

The ability of people to be able to afford to live in their homes, free from landlord and developer harassment. We have to bring down the cost of renting an apartment or home and give people tangible options to own their own spaces. That also includes reimagining the financial/banking system which serves as a gatekeeper, and laws the benefit land owners over everyone else.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  The ability of people to be able to afford to live in their homes, free from landlord and developer harassment. We have to bring down the cost of renting an apartment or home and give people tangible options to own their own spaces. That also includes reimagining the financial/banking system which serves as a gatekeeper, and laws the benefit land owners over everyone else.

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


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?

Appropriately budgeting to make it a priority for the city. I support defunding the police significantly and using the offset to fully fund NYCHA programs, including more wrap-around services for current residents. I also seek to give tenants more power and agency in how they can transition out of NYCHA long-term.

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? No

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)

Affordability for current residents in the community, but also takes into account current density and need for services and commerce coupled with the new housing stock. Also needs to accurately and equitably understand the community impact before any approvals.

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

Giving Community Boards real power in the ULURP process by making their decisions binding and not just “recommendations.”

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 30% 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 Bed-Stuy Housing Plan, which I believe has done a good job at identifying the issues of housing in the district, but doesn’t go far enough for development of affordable units and community spaces. I believe it can be more aggressive and can help turnover more city-owned land to non-profit developers and community residents.

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 need to pass enforceable legislation that prevents landlords from harrassing tenants with increasing fines for each infraction. We would also make public landlords with code infractions and push both the DOB and HPD to assist tenants with repairs more quickly.

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? No

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)

We already have a number of homeless shelters in our district. I would not oppose a homeless shelter if my constituents did not. I believe in true local community control.

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

32a. If no, why not? In my district and community, there are too many stories of elder citizens who are owner-occupant landlords and are being preyed upon by younger residents who do not pay full rent, and cause damage and quality of life issues in these homes. There should be fair ways to begin the eviction process that allows owner-occupant landlords to have say over who is in their home while giving residents time to transition to a new space.

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)
Show them how the current health crisis has ravaged communities and created unsafe and untenable housing situations for millions of New Yorkers. We have to use both public pressure and conversations with

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