Is Your Neighborhood Getting
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Rent stabilization is a law that makes housing more affordable to thousands of New Yorkers by limiting how often and how much rent can go up. But tenants don’t always know their rights, and are sometimes afraid to demand them. Landlords eager to cash in on increasing property values often pressure tenants to move out, and harass them to make it difficult for them to stay.

In 2013, CUP collaborated with the Chinatown-based organization CAAAV and designers IntraCollaborative to create a Chinese and English fold-out poster that helps all tenants, including rent stabilized tenants, know and claim their rights. CAAAV recognized that, despite important laws on the books, many people couldn’t access their rights because they didn’t know about them, and as a result were being illegally evicted. The project has been developed into a Spanish-language edition and a subway poster campaign. It has been so successful and influential that the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) approached CUP about updating and adapting it to reach a larger audience in 2017. 

The poster provides information on how to challenge harassment and other illegal practices, and how to find tenant resources. The HPD version also includes content explaining new and updated policies to combat harassment and discrimination in housing. 

You can get copies of the poster here, or read more about the original project here.

Resources & Links

NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development HPD’s mission is to promote the construction and preservation of affordable, high-quality housing for low and moderate-income New Yorkers in thriving and diverse neighborhoods across the city.

IntraCollaborative extends principles of the academic setting into real communities, working jointly to unravel complex issues, and develop communication tools aimed at social reform.

Making Policy Public is a program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP partners with policy advocates and graphic designers to produce foldout posters that explain complicated policy issues, like this one.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by Legal Services NYC, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


  • CUP
  • Christine Gaspar
  • Sam Holleran
    Frampton Tolbert
  • Oscar Nuñez
  • NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
  • Ryan Moritz
  • Jenny Weyel
  • IntraCollaborative 
  • Designers
  • Chantal Fischzang
    David Frisco
    Richard Hall
    Leigh Mignogna
    Natalie Sims