Turning vacant lots into affordable homes

<div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="dc:title"><h1><a href="/content/turning-vacant-lots-affordable-homes">Turning vacant lots into affordable homes</a></h1></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-news-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/news-source/nyslantcom" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">NYSlant.com</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-news-author field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">By Rev. David K. Brawley and Father Francis Skelly</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-news-date field-type-datetime field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2016-02-22T00:00:00-05:00">Monday, February 22, 2016</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded">New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s recent report that identified 1,130 vacant and city-owned lots is shocking, but all too familiar. Every empty lot represents a missed opportunity for the city to build more desperately needed affordable housing. What’s more, building on vacant sites means that no residents need to be displaced in the process, nor is there a need for the kind of complicated and controversial trade-offs that have mired Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed housing plan in a heated debate with housing advocates and community boards.</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-news-link field-type-link-field field-label-above"><div class="field-label">News Link:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="http://nyslant.com/article/opinion/turning-vacant-lots-into-affordable-homes.html" target="_blank">http://nyslant.com/article/opinion/turning-vacant-lots-into-affordable-homes.htm...</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-news-category field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">News Media Category:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/media-news-category/housing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Housing</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-break field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p> </div></div></div>