Lured by Profits

Charles Bagli has an in-depth piece in today’s Times on the fall of Community Preservation Corp. There is not much in here that I hadn’t been hearing in bits and pieces over the past few months, but still, seeing it all together is jus incredible. Real estate deals like Domino (though Domino is far from the only one) have almost shut down one of the most important conduits for funding affordable housing in the NY region. As I’ve said in the past (and despite their claims to the contrary), CPC is a funder of affordable housing, not a builder of housing – clearly they lost focus on their core mission.

For anyone who thinks CPCR (the for-profit arm at the root of the problem) is going to do the Domino project, let along do it as the community was promised, this has to be pretty sobering.