Picture The Homeless - Banking on Vacancy

Submitted by ub on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 19:31

Frustrated by a landscape of vacant buildings and the seemingly endless cycle of horrible living conditions, rising rents that subsidies and vouchers didn't cover, and the shelter system, our members have been fighting to make the city convert vacant property into housing that poor folks can afford.

Several years and legislative battles later, activists have completed a historic city-wide vacant property count and they're releasing the report on Thursday, January 26th.

The full invitation/ information is below- please RSVP to

PTH REPORT RELEASE: Banking on Vacancy: Homelessness & Real Estate Speculation

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Picture the Homeless partnered with the Hunter College Center for Community Development to execute a count of vacant buildings and lots in 20 of NYC's 59 community boards. Our report, Banking on Vacancy, will reveal our findings in detail, but for right now here's just one teaser:

NYC VACANT PROPERTIES COULD HOUSE EVERY HOMELESS PERSON... AND THEN SOME! These results show the outstanding amount of underutilized housing stock that is available in just a third of New York City! By pushing for rehabilitation of the existing vacant buildings the city could create jobs and house people immediately. Please join us for the release of these historic findings.

Roosevelt House, Hunter College
47-49 East 65th Street, Manhattan
6 train to 68th Street/Hunter College

To RSVP, or for more information, call Adrian at 646-314-6423 or email