As you know, over the last few years we have spoken out regarding the need to preserve the New York Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) public housing stock. We have written op-eds, spoken to the media, and we put our money where our mouth is and are working with the PRC team on a RAD project to rehabilitate 1,700 distressed NYCHA apartments. With CPC’s continued focus on making an impact in the greater policy discussions that are taking place, I felt that we had a responsibility to try to move the needle with respect to the narrative around NYCHA.
I wanted to share with you a position paper that we’ve developed over the course of the last few months that lays out a multi-pronged solution to address NYCHA’s critical needs. “Ending the NYCHA Blame Game: A Multi-Pronged Solution to Fix Decades of Disinvestment” can be viewed and downloaded at this link on the CPC website. The paper, which I discussed in an op-ed in today’s Daily News, and in a recent article in the Gotham Gazette, is a product of conversations with and feedback from our government, private and nonprofit partners, as well as our experience with the NYCHA Manhattan bundle.
Congress could potentially approve up to $80 billion in capital funding for public housing, we have a new governor in office and a new mayoral administration on its way – both of whom have indicated that public housing will be a priority. Now is the time to try and elevate the discourse around the programs and policies needed to make NYCHA whole. Our paper provides a realistic path forward with multiple pieces working in concert to ensure NYCHA receives the resources and support it needs to preserve its housing and provide for its long-term maintenance and operation.