Moses has spent most of his career life serving people, the everyday people and he takes this responsibility seriously. Moses developed his policy platform after attending and participating in rallies and listening to the loud voices coming from the people across the entire state of New York calling for fairness and equitable economy. The pandemic devasted many communities especially the black and brown communities Moses is committed to advocating for a recovery that radically takes all New Yorkers forward. Great thanks to all of those voices for co-building an agenda that builds upon a foundation of dignity for all and economic fairness to everyone for stronger communities and prosperity.
Each of these issues are interconnected; they build off each other and co-exist with the same purpose of undoing normalized policies that destroy opportunity and reduce the quality of life for millions of New Yorkers.
Low Income and Affordable Housing – with a path to homeownership
Moses will advocate for policies to address housing as a right. In the midst of an unprecedented health crisis, high unemployment and our country’s failure to address chronic homelessness, it is imperative to our collective safety and security that every New Yorker has a place to call home that is dignified, peaceful and without harm. But having a roof over one’s head is not where the crisis ends. New York State has been in the middle of a housing and rent affordability crisis for decades. The current status quo favors and prioritizes speculation and powerful private interests and has led to displacement, homelessness and exorbitantly high burdens on renters and the struggling working families. The history of redlining, blockbusting, gentrification, government neglect and big bank predatory practices, as well as private subsidies and other market gimmicks, have perpetuated a legacy of racial, gender, and class inequality, cruelty and injustice. It’s time we change that – we the people have all the power
The state of housing stability is in all ways interconnected to the quality of one’s education, environment, safety, health and food security.
Will advocate for community programs focused on disrupting poverty from a root cause lens, prioritizing physiological needs, including the development of social housing, expansion of cooperative housing, increasing affordable housing and eradicating homelessness.
Advocate to extend rent moratorium and rollback rent to pre-pandemic rates, accounting for the hardship millions are still enduring and halting the punishing of renters by landlords and big real estate firms.
Work to advance measures to increase the rental assistance and monetary support system as well as expand eligibility criteria.
Partner with community-trusted organizations that have proven track records in responding to the needs of housing insecure communities, as well as elevate the voices of unhoused New Yorkers front and center — especially in healthcare and economic empowerment.
A Dignified Housing
Affordable Housing – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designates housing as affordable if the gross costs to live in that housing unit, including utilities, do not exceed 30 percent of the gross income of the resident(s).
The housing affordability crisis is affecting counties and residents across the country. In rural, suburban and urban areas, the time is now to advocate and fund programs, handle the overwhelming demand of housing before it becomes a pandemic and Moses is very committed to this issue and will work hard and fight like hell to see that there is increased Federal funding of housing programs below.
HOME – this is a block grant provided by federal government directly to large cities, towns or counties to assists in providing affordable housing opportunities for low-income families. HOME funds for a variety of housing activities include tenant-based rental assistance; housing rehabilitation; assistance to homebuyers; and new construction of housing. HOME funding may also be used for site acquisition, site improvements, demolition, relocation, and other necessary and reasonable activities related to the development of non-luxury housing.
CDBG – Community Development Block Grant: Counties can use the flexibility of CDBG funds to support projects addressing community and economic development priorities, including housing, water, infrastructure and human service needs.
Homelessness Assistance Grants: Another HUD program serving families in need of affordable housing is the Homeless Assistance Grants.
Housing Choice Vouchers: Section 8 vouchers help low income families obtain safe, decent affordable privately-owned housing by reimbursing landlord the difference in what a family can afford and the actual rent, known as a housing assistance payment.
Public housing: Public housing provides decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with disability. Public housing can vary from single family houses to high rise apartment buildings.
National Housing Trust Fund (HTF): Enacted under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, HTF is a formula grant program administered by states to increase and preserve the supply affordable housing, primarily for extremely low-income and very low-income households. It is funded through assessments from the government sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Moses will work with the New York State and local administration to eliminate bureaucratic-ridden Public Housing Agency, centering residents and fostering a democratic process where residents lead the decision-making of their property, and beginning the radical shift of dignity and autonomy for New York residents;
Moses as a U.S. Representative will work with local partners to:
Reject Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) projects aimed at privatizing section 8 housing and advance an aggressive campaign calling on the federal authority to increase funding
Work with local authorities and partnerships with nonprofit and mission-driven organizations, Community Development Corporations and supportive housing, tenants groups and alliances to advance housing matters
Will advocate for a broad cooperative ownership agenda to put increasing control of social housing and existing developments in the hands of tenants. This involves desegregating, preserving and expanding new cooperative housing ownership as well as Mitchell-Lama and Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) Cooperatives as permanently affordable homeownership alternatives for present and future New Yorkers.
Moses as a U.S. Representative, will work with local and state leaders to advocate for a community planning approach where zoning will reflect a balance between neighborhood and city-wide needs, and involve participatory processes to accommodate a democratic and inclusionary community-centered goals
Will work and support initiatives put forward to accommodate the growing demographic of our senior citizens such as expanding and strengthening the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), and investing in rental assistance and retrofits