I find myself locked in a sort of silly battle with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD).

Part of the deal done when where I live was deregulated allowed folks like me to enter into the federal Section 8 subsidy program, keeping our rent consistent with our limited incomes. Each year, I “recertify” — I demonstrate that I am still eligible for this. It’s not as stable as the old Mitchell-Lama (state) program, but it keeps the escalating rent in check. It would work better still if, when my income falls (as it will this year), my rent would de-escalate. (more…)