Albany State House

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has made it a top priority to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing.

He made some progress during his first two years in office, having financed the construction of 13,929 affordable units and preserving another 26,275.

But serious challenges loom. Some advocates and legislators say that much of the housing is not affordable enough for local residents. A battle over major rezoning changes in the city, which could pave the way for more housing construction, has yet to be won. And in a reminder of the state’s influential role, the expiration of – and the failure to renew – the 421-a tax credit has cast doubt on whether the mayor will be able to achieve his ambitious goal.

In this special section, City & State checks in with officials from around the state and explores these issues that have come to the fore in the push for affordable housing.