Advocates are hoping a group of bills will reform and bring more transparency to the co-op board approval process.
Since co-ops are buildings where residents purchase a share of the building instead of a singular unit, the building has a designated board to screen new applicants.
However, the process has been historically used to discriminate against people of color — with many boards using arbitrary financial criteria as a reason for rejection.
The bills, which were introduced last week by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Bronx City Councilmember Pierina Sanchez, would require co-op boards to provide prospective residents with a written statement of the reasons for rejection, as well as disclose its financial statements and standardize the application process.
Britny McKenzie — policy manager at the Fair Housing Justice Center — and Craig Gurian — the executive director of the Anti-Discrimination Center — joined Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall” Thursday to discuss more.