About The Plan

In May 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a 10-year plan to build or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments across all five boroughs - enough housing to serve more than a half-million New Yorkers. This $41 billion plan is the most expansive and ambitious affordable housing agenda of its kind in the nation’s history. Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) are two key components to deliver affordable housing to New Yorkers.  

The Facts

As part of the City’s coordinated efforts under Housing New York – the Mayor’s ten-year, five-borough housing plan – the Department of City Planning is proposing a set of targeted changes to zoning regulations to support the creation of new affordable housing and encourage quality residential buildings.

The Zoning for Quality and Affordability text amendment (ZQA) advances several of Housing New York’s goals, including making the city more affordable to a wide range of New Yorkers, and fostering diverse, livable communities with buildings that contribute to the character and quality of neighborhoods.  


Nearly 200 of the City’s most prominent labor unions, business groups, community and advocacy groups, clergy, and everyday New Yorkers are joining together to support the Mayor’s affordable housing plan. Learn more