Joe Restuccia, Co-Chair
Paul Ames, Public Member
1) What Is The Function of This Committee?
The Housing Health and Human Services Committee reviews proposals and monitors the progress of affordable housing commitments made during the Hudson Yards, West Chelsea, and Western Rail Yards rezoning;
The Committee reviews Low Income Housing Plan Applications as part of the Inclusionary Housing Program;
The Committee evaluates tenant complaints re: service issues, co-op conversions, and tenant associations;
Acts as a liaison between the Board and local social service providers, including City agencies;
Advocates for the needs of children and parents related to education issues.
Keeps the Board informed about local services, community needs and concerns, uses the Board’s resources to help providers gain needed assistance from City agencies, and conducts occasional public forums where the providers can communicate with each other and with agency officials.
2) When and Where Does This Committee Meet?
The Committee regularly meets on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 6:30 PM, at various locations in the District. Consult the calendar and committee agenda for the most up-to-date information.
3) What City or State Agencies Work With This Committee?
- NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
- NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS)
- NYC Department of Department of City Planning (DCP) Department of Aging
- Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Human Resource Administration
In addition, this committee works with all local affordable and special needs housing providers and tenant representative organizations in the area and all health and social service providers in the area.
4) How Should A Resident Address A Housing or Health Concern?
Contact the Community Board Office with details of complaint. Some complaints can be resolved within the office through either the District Manager or Assistant District Manager. If they are unable to resolve the problem directly, it will be referred to the committee. Items will be put on the agenda of the next Housing Health and Human Services committee provided the board was notified more than two weeks in advance of the meeting. This allows time for proper notification of the community.
5) What Is The Best Way to Prepare For Coming Before This Committee?
Developers: Bring full information about the project including plans, building details, and evidence of neighborhood outreach.
Tenants and Local Organizations: Frame the problem in a specific way so the committee can understand the nature of the problem and the specific request for assistance.
Questions frequently asked by committee members:
Developers: Total number and size of apartments in the project broken down by market rate and affordable;
- Will the apartments be permanently affordable?
- Will the affordable apartments be distributed evenly on all floors?
- Will the affordable and market rate apartments have the same finishes?
- Will both type of tenants have access to all amenities?
Goals & Accomplishments
The communities of the middle Westside of Manhattan, Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen, Hudson Yards and Chelsea, recognized the need for strategies and mechanisms to achieve the goals of the development or preservation of the maximum possible number of affordable housing units in our district. As such, MCB4 has used its local knowledge, history, and successes to date, to create a blueprint for affordable housing development and preservation in Manhattan Community District 4.
Updated MCB4 Affordable Housing Plan
Previous Goals & Accomplishments
HPD rental lotteries for all five boroughs
HPD homebuyer lotteries
Seniors Community Survey Report & Resource Directory for Seniors
Chelsea NYCHA Working Group Forum Presentation
Booklet Summaries: English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian