The New York City Housing Authority is a picture of financial and managerial dysfunction. It has a five-year deferred maintenance bill estimated at $13 billion, but it is scarcely able to manage its operational expenses. A recent audit by Comptroller Scott Stringer found that NYCHA had exaggerated its successful completion of tenant service requests.
The Facts You Need to Know
Vacant: NYCHA has thousands of apartments that are sitting empty because they are in need of repairs. Read more.
Fudging Numbers: Stringer’s audit found that NYCHA claimed credit for performing repairs that weren’t made. Read more.
Plenty of Plans: In the last ten years, NYCHA has issued four different comprehensive plans to address its fiscal and operational problems. Read more.
“The truth is thousands of repairs were completed on paper only. This is the worst kind of magic trick—making problems disappear on paper while leaving NYCHA residents to deal with faulty wiring, falling plaster, and dangerous homes.”
The Past is Present
It is far better to free tenants from the false benefits of a dependency that shelters them from choice and change. For any city that hopes to remain vigorous, housing must be free to change hands. Only that way can we make room for those, rich and poor, who will build the city anew.
And in other news...
NYCHA tenants used to living with leaky pipes, spreading mold and nighttime gunfire shook their heads in disbelief Thursday at Mayor de Blasio’s plan to drop $10 million on free Internet access at five city housing developments.