Our community’s residents help make Queens one of the most diverse places in the world, which as we know is what makes it so amazing. After all, this is the reason my parents were attracted to the area. In addition to being a diverse, welcoming area, the community offered affordable housing. Whereas the people in the area are still welcoming, the property tax increases over the last decade have made it much harder to buy or maintain a home here. Property taxes rose at triple the rate of the average taxpayer’s income. That simply is not sustainable. Kaled will address this, and work towards options that will ensure your ability to stay here.
The District also lacks affordable energy-efficient housing, which impacts both the environment and housing sustainability. To help offset this Kaled will advocate for inclusionary zoning policies which require all projects above a certain size to meet energy efficiency standards, to include a percentage of affordable units; and promote a greater range of housing type.
In order to keep our neighborhoods vital, attractive, and growing we must make them affordable for everyone. Seniors on fixed incomes who have called their neighborhood home for decades should not have to choose between paying property taxes or moving out of a neighborhood they call home. Nor should a young couple be forced to look outside the city because they want to start a family. Kaled will protect every generation’s right to make our community their home, regardless of their socio-economic status.