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Nycha: failure is not an option

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How is the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tackling the challenges that threaten housing authorities across the nation? What measures have the NYCHA board members put forth to curtail issues …

How is the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tackling the challenges that threaten housing authorities across the nation? What measures have the NYCHA board members put forth to curtail issues like lower budgets, increased need, and old buildings?


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  • 1. What challenges face the New York City Housing Authority? How will the NYCHA board and leadership tackle these challenges?
  • 2. Unprecedentedfinancial crisis Families hanging in the balanceIncreasing relianceof NYCHA residents Aging buildings -on community and many dating back tosocial service the 1930s and 40sprograms
  • 3. Since 2002, NYCHA hasreceived $700 million less inoperating subsidies than itsfederal funding formularequires. NYCHA’s capital subsidies have been cut by a third over the past decade. These crises have resulted in a structural operating deficit and a $13 billion capital shortfall through 2015.
  • 4. With vacancy rates in New YorkCity remaining at an all-time low,the most impacted are low- tomoderate-income families. Nearly 161,000 families are on the waiting list for public housing, and approximately 125,000 families are on the waiting list for Section 8 housing. 21,936 applicants are on both waiting lists
  • 5.  The turnover rate in calendar year 2011 for NYCHA conventional public housing apartments was 3.29%. The vacancy rate of NYCHA apartments available for occupancy was 0.70% as of February 1, 2012. Because of the varied need priorities that comprise a family’s profile and the low turnover and vacancy rates of apartments, it is virtually impossible to establish an average waiting time for a family to enter conventional public housing. Some applicants can be matched up with an available apartment in months, while others often have to wait years.
  • 6. NYCHA’s programs and services are often alifeline to residents, especially children, teens,single parent households, seniors, andfamilies in crisis; thousands of residents usethese services that directly cost NYCHA morethan $75 million, only $12 million of which isfunded by grants.
  • 7. Recent years have More than 280,000 repairsbrought are needed citywide withunparalleled fiscal an average of eight pendingchallenges for work orders per apartment.NYCHA as it NYCHA estimates it wouldstrives to maintain cost approximately $500and preserve its million to make interior178,000 units of repairs to all NYCHAaffordable housing. apartments’ most basic needs. Budget deficits and continued underfunding have forced the Authority to cut 11 percent of its maintenance workforce since 2005. This makes it harder for NYCHA to keep up with the pace of needed repairs at its 2,602 buildings, most of which are between 40 and 70 years old.
  • 8. What is being done, and what more can be done to help?
  • 9. The New York City Housing NYCHAs inventory of vacant landAuthority is working in and available development rightscoordination with the Citys provides NYCHA with significantDepartment of Housing opportunities:Preservation and Development  Underutilized public housing(HPD) and Housing Development property can be a catalyst forCorporation (HDC) to take new affordable developmentadvantage of the full complement of including:available housing programs to  Family or senior rentalachieve the Mayors goal of 6,000 housingaffordable housing units onNYCHA property.  Homeownership housing  Retail to meet local shopping needs and/or  Schools and other community facilities  Monies obtained for this property will be reinvested to preserve existing public housing.
  • 10. NYCHA launched a repair In just 6 months, the repairtask force in June 2011 teams that includesgrouping a team of skilled carpenters, plumbers,workers to help reduce plasterers and maintenancesignificant the backlog in workers successfullyrepairs and to reduce wait completed nearly 40,000times. The team of workers repairs, in almost 10,000targeted buildings with the apartments citywide.highest number of work Because of this effort, thereorder repairs per were more than 90,000apartment. more repairs completed in 2011 than in 2010, a six (6) percent increase.
  • 11. NYCHA launched PlanNYCHA in 2011. PlanNYCHA is a call to actionto the public meant to outline the challenges facing public housing, andinform on ways to assist NYCHA in resolving the difficulties it is facing.Nonprofit and private sector organizations can help public housingachieve fiscal stability and strengthen NYCHA communities. “As NYCHA continues to grapple with Federal budget cuts we will seek innovative new financing structures to best leverage available funding.” – NYCHA Board Member Emily Youssouf
  • 12.  http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/about/plannycha. shtml http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/downloads/pdf/plan- nycha.pdf http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/about/factsheet.s html http://www.plannycha.org/ http://www.plannycha.org/nycha-cannot-fail/ http://www.plannycha.org/the-plan2/major-challenges/ http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/news/repairs- receive-rapid-response-from-new-nycha-taskforce.shtml http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/preserving/repair s.shtml