NYCHA’s Failure

The Story

America’s largest public-housing system, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is home to about 500,000 New Yorkers in its 326 developments. NYCHA has many problems, including an $18 billion shortfall in its capital repairs budget and insufficient funding streams. But the system is also failing in its core mission: helping poor New Yorkers.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Unequal: NYCHA housing is radically segregated and houses a disproportionately small number of poor Asian and white New Yorkers. Read more.

  2. Empty: Space in NYCHA units is poorly utilized: more than a quarter of all residents occupy apartments with more bedrooms than people. Read more.

  3. Frozen: Turnover rates are glacial among NYCHA residents, for whom the average tenancy is 18 years. Read more.

“If government-subsidized housing were the best way to ensure affordability for all, New York would be housing heaven.”

Howard Husock, Vice President of Research and Publications, Manhattan Institute

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The Past is Present

The Housing Reform That Backfired By Howard Husock (Summer 2004)

“‘Section 8’ vouchers were supposed to revolutionize subsidized housing—but only expanded it.”

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