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For New Yorkers, stopping tenant displacement is one of the most urgent issues of the day. This is true for residents facing the threat of eviction, for communities being destabilized, and for the community groups and policy makers trying to address the crisis.

We all know that our city’s affordable housing is under ever-growing threat because of rising displacement pressures from an out-of-control real estate market and landlords willing to use systematic harassment to get around the rent laws. This threat is most severe for families and communities in low-income, immigrant, and neighborhoods of color. 

Educating and organizing at-risk tenants to fight back against displacement pressure can be an effective response.  But too often, community groups only get to a building after a cycle of landlord-driven displacement has eliminated much of the affordable housing.

 

The Displacement Alert Project (DAP) is designed to address this problem by providing effective early warning information. We use data and information visualization tools to proactively identify buildings that are facing a rising risk of displacement. With this information, community groups, decision makers, and local residents themselves can take strategic steps to push back with outreach, education, and organizing strategies.

Each of the Displacement Alert Project tools compiles information from various fragmented public records and databases, and makes it accessible, intuitive, and useful by displaying it in one place with color-coded risk metrics and creative data visualization.

 

The Displacement Alert Project (DAP) is made possible with support from the Ford Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the New York City Council, and the New York State Senate

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The Displacement Alert Portal, currently in Beta, is a powerful research tool that lets users combine the ability to access a depth of information about any individual property, explore buildings at risk by geography, and define complex custom queries to identify the exact set of buildings they're interested in. The Portal's major features include:

  • A Property Lookup, offering detailed historic data for every New York City property, updated as quickly as data is published by city agencies

  • A District Dashboard, letting users pick among housing types and risk indicators to paint a picture of displacement threats in a given Council or Community District

  • A Custom Search, allowing users to define the exact criteria they would like to use across more than a dozen datasets to identify a set of buildings to research, conduct outreach, and organize

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The Displacement Alert Map shows a city-wide view, with every individual building color-coded to show the displacement risk level from key indicators. DAP Map is zoomable and searchable and can be used to see neighborhood-wide patterns as well as explore the details of any property by clicking on an individual building. Each property also includes direct links to the most useful online information for that building. The map, which is updated annually, lets users see:

  • Which buildings have lost high percentages rent-regulated units

  • Where recent sales may raise concerns about speculation

  • Which buildings show a high number of construction permits, which are often associated with displacement

  • Where court-ordered evictions by a marshal have taken place

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The Displacement Alert District Reports provide fresh monthly updates on harassment and displacement risk in rent-stabilized buildings in each of New York City’s 59 community districts. They take public data on building sales, complaints, violations, and construction permits, and convert it into reports that reveal which buildings have the highest risk of tenant harassment and displacement.

The report format takes data from many different public sources and simplifies it for organizers, advocates, and community members so they can do research more quickly and prioritize outreach efforts. The District Reports let users:

  • Access lists of at-risk buildings with new data each month, arranged by address, color-coded, and sorted by each community district

  • View reports on a mobile device or print them out in a clear format to take offline and into the field

  • Connect directly to a property page on ACRIS, HPD, DOB, DOF tax bills, OASIS map, Google Maps, and Who Owns What

  • View past reports going back to January 2017

Tenants Who Are Facing Displacement Pressure Should Reach Out To: