Need 80/20 Housing Help
January 25, 2008 4:25 PM Subscribe
Need help with an 80/20 housing issue gone mad.
(posted by proxy -- this is for a friend, not me. I will post responses to inquiries)
posted by plinth to law & government (13 answers total)
My being disabled is part of it -- not just that it created the hardship condition to begin with, 5% of these units are supposed to be reserved for the disabled anyway.
- I qualified for affordable housing in NYC last year
- the developer denied me solely because my evil boss filed me 1099 instead of W-2 (my income numbers are in the bracket either way). Not only did I lose the housing, I then had to give most of my savings to the IRS...
- developer then rejected two appeals, one following their instructions, one after getting the W-2 thing corrected.
There's apparently no oversight of the process, so all my efforts come to nothing. Developers get to make up their own interpretation of the rules, or rather guidelines. I've been to every branch of government. They kick this issue to each other like a football. It's a serious situation if you're really in the bracket ($15-20K/yr); time has shown I can't last out in skyrocket-market-rate-world.
I've tried the following, in writing and in person:
- appeal to the developer, like they tell ya. Waste of time.
- city council members from 3 districts (where the bldg. is, where I am meantime, and one I guess is pals w/the Speaker). No action.
- talked to Legal Aid, which says if you make the income to qualify for the building (/win the case), it's too much to qualify for the Legal Aid program
- never got through to anyone at Legal Services, but the numbers look similar
- city council policy analyst: thinks the appeal period is bull, talked to HUD and the dev. but says his committee is preservation, not 80/20 -- says that's State
- congressman: wrote letters to DHCR, HFA, and developer. They blew him off. This office now also says it's up to State
- state senator: says if IRS was involved, it's federal, so his hands are tied. (THE WHOLE (STATE-RUN) PROGRAM IS BASED ON FEDERAL TAX RETURNS.) Gives me the number for Legal Aid (see item 3 above) and a senior-citizen-only legal help center. I am not a senior citizen, but a youngish, formerly vibrant and productive member of society.
- assemblyman: tried calling HFA. Got a recording (that doesn't take a message).
A lawsuit would take years. (See this
for a case that's already been filed with even less grounds than I have.) Better to have a governing body look at the facts and fix it. But is there even one?
Helpful suggestions? What approach or authority am I missing? I've done everything I can on my own.