Pratt Center Research

Building Resilient Communities

New York's Housing Underground: A Refuge and Resource

Report  |  April 16, 2009

In this report, Pratt Center and Chhaya CDC call for the legalization of basement units and other illegal accessory dwelling units to create more affordable housing opportunities. Pratt Center and Chhaya make the case that legalizing and regulating these housing units would make them safer to the landlords, tenants, and communities, and can be done without neighborhoods being unduly burdened with overcrowded schools and services.