New York City residents will have to make some difficult choices over the next two weeks when it comes to choosing the kind of house they want for their home.
The city’s Department of Buildings and Preservation announced a number of home improvement projects aimed at helping its residents get a better look at their homes, including improvements to new home designs, insulation, exterior paint, window treatments and door finishes.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said it will also be working with developers to help build more homes.
The Home Improvement Council of New York (HICNY) said the city has been “filling in the gaps” in the city’s housing market, and it is committed to bringing a greater variety of homes into the market.
The Council has urged the city to make improvements in the way homes are designed, installed and maintained.
The council also wants the city and HUD to set more stringent standards for the construction of homes.
“We need to do everything we can to make sure that new housing construction is more inclusive, more affordable and more environmentally-friendly,” said Helen Smith, HICNY’s executive director.
“There are still too many homes in need of renovation and we need to make every effort to help people in New York get a good quality home, whether that’s a two-bedroom or a three-bedroom.”
Some residents said they were frustrated with the lack of progress on some of the citys most urgent housing needs, such as housing and mental health.
The HICY is a non-profit organisation that promotes and provides financial assistance to individuals, families and businesses that are in need.
It says it works to improve housing in the most disadvantaged communities.
Housing in New England is currently the poorest in the US, with New England’s median income about 60 per cent of the national average.
According to a recent study, a quarter of New Englanders live in poverty.
Some experts say New York needs to look at more comprehensive solutions to address its housing woes.
“It’s a matter of when, not if, the city will have a better response to the housing crisis,” said Laura Smith, a professor of architecture at the City University of New Jersey.
“But it’s certainly the first step.”