Exclusive | HPD starts hunt for nonprofits to run expanded $4M-a-year tenant organizing program


The city Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is allocating $4 million annually to expand a de Blasio-era pilot program aimed at organizing tenants in rent-regulated buildings, while releasing a request for proposals (RFP) seeking nonprofits who can implement the initiative’s next phase, amNewYork Metro has learned.

The program, Partners in Preservation, launched as a $1.5 million pilot in 2019 under former Mayor Bill de Blasio and worked to organize rent-regulated tenants — who landlords often try to push out, so they can rent units at market rate — to more effectively fight against landlord harassment and subpar living conditions, according to HPD. Its ultimate goal is to stave off displacement and preserve the city’s diminishing affordable housing stock.