Brownsville, East New York and East Flatbush are most at risk for losing affordable housing

The Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development released its annual report on Thursday, summarizing various risks to affordable housing in the city’s 59 neighborhoods.

ANHD, an advocacy group dedicated to building community power to protect equitable neighborhoods, produces a chart to display and analyze the variety of risks to affordable housing.

The report analyzes indicators like overcrowding, evictions, foreclosure notices, among others, and found that “a shocking number of New Yorkers are rent-burdened, severe overcrowding is a persistent problem and some neighborhoods are suffering from high concentrations of housing code violations, rising building prices and home foreclosures.”

ANHD’s 2019 risk chart. Source:

The analysis revealed that Brownsville has the city’s highest rate of home foreclosures, followed by Jamaica/Hollis and East New York. 

East Brooklyn is most at risk for losing affordable housing, including Brownsville, East New York and East Flatbush, the report found. Based on the existing housing stock, Brownsville and East New York saw the most 1-to-4-unit properties flipped in Brooklyn, with 15.5 percent each.

Brownsville residents were also characterized as severely rent-burdened: 59 percent of households are spending more than 30 percent of their income for housing.

East New Yorkers experienced 783 evictions in 2018, the most of any Brooklyn neighborhood, followed by East Flatbush with 628.

Bushwick was found to be the neighborhood most impacted by serious housing code violations, racking up 299 cases in 2018, followed by Sunset Park with 191.

Severe overcrowding continues to be a persistent problem; in Brooklyn, Borough Park had the city’s second highest rate at 10.7 percent, followed by Sunset Park with 9.6 percent.

To see the complete report, go here. 


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