Tahirah Moore

Tahirah Moore

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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)

In my role as Senior Advisor in the Intergovernmental Affairs Unit for the City of New York, I mobilized over a billion dollars in funding for NYCHA developments. I helped move forward a project at Albany Houses to repair the roof and saw the opportunity to install solar paneling. I grew up in Marcy Houses and have spent my career working around issues of affordable housing for the city’s low income residents.

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

Limited Equity Coop

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)

Many years ago I worked as a Scheduler for first time homebuyers. A requirement was that I get my real estate license but I was never an active agent. My long record of advocating for NYCHA residents demonstrates my commitment to tenants interests.

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 most pressing issues in the 36th district are affordable housing, illegal Air BnBs and halting evictions. We can begin to address high-quality affordable housing for low and moderate income New Yorkers by first tackling the NYCHA deficit. To do this we will need to secure investment from the city, state and federal government simultaneously. The increase in illegal  Air BnB’s is impacting affordability in our district as well. We need to clarify the law and address the ambiguity between commercial and residential zonings. There needs to be more aggressive enforcement by the mayor’s office against bad actors who do not obtain the proper permits to convert dwellings into SORs. To begin addressing the eviction epidemic I see a need to increase legal services to all New Yorkers, not divvying them up by zip code. We must give residents tools to fight illegal evictions and look for reforms to eviction laws that will reinforce tenant rights.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  The most pressing issues in the 36th district are affordable housing, illegal Air BnBs and halting evictions. We can begin to address high-quality affordable housing for low and moderate income New Yorkers by first tackling the NYCHA deficit. To do this we will need to secure investment from the city, state and federal government simultaneously. The increase in illegal  Air BnB’s is impacting affordability in our district as well. We need to clarify the law and address the ambiguity between commercial and residential zonings. There needs to be more aggressive enforcement by the mayor’s office against bad actors who do not obtain the proper permits to convert dwellings into SORs. To begin addressing the eviction epidemic I see a need to increase legal services to all New Yorkers, not divvying them up by zip code. We must give residents tools to fight illegal evictions and look for reforms to eviction laws that will reinforce tenant rights.

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?

What has happened to NYCHA housing is the physical reality of the indifference to our city’s low income residents. City government needs to re-prioritize affordable housing by boldly investing its own dollars while leveraging state and federal monies for housing. The financial and physical neglect of these developments is going to take as much money as we can find for repair. Attempts to privatize NYCHA is just more of the city trying to shirk responsibility for the situation it created.

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)

Any rezoning needs to have broad community support. There need to be impact studies done specifically in regards to poor, black and brown residents. The economic impacts must not only be not harmful to our communities, it needs to have a net positive effect.

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

Community review has been stripped of any meaningful power in development review. Their input is non-binding and that results in developments that directly contradict community will. We need to establish a weighting for community recommendations and revisions to projects.

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  20%

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

Mandatory Inclusionary Housing has become a nightmare in my district. It’s created less than 3,000 affordable units throughout the city and has actually contributed to rather than prevented the displacement of long time residents of the 36th district.  This policy does not go far enough to meaningfully address the need for new high-quality affordable housing, especially in districts experiencing gentrification.

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)

I plan to host free legal services in my office once or twice a week so that tenants know they can always get support in their struggles with landlords. I would also host periodic housing tenant fairs that host various organizations that can help residents locate the service organizations most equipped to help with their issue.

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)

I do believe that people experiencing homelessness should be allowed to remain in their communities but black and brown neighborhoods wind up with a disproportionate percentage of that population. Predominantly white and wealthy neighborhoods also need to share in the care for the unhoused. Shelter placement needs to be mindful of the social burdens already carried by poorer neighborhoods.

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

32a. If no, why not? I believe evictions should be rare but there are situations, especially those involving illegal activity, in which the landlord should retain the right to evict bad tenants. However, eviction decisions should be based on preserving public safety and their impact on the community.

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 am an active advocate for lowering the rent of rent stabilized tenants. I will continue to be so as a council member. I will lend my platform and voice to any efforts. I would also write a resolution supporting the effort.

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? No

38. Will you commit to only vote for a budget that decreases funding to the NYPD? Yes