Improving NYCHA

The Story

It’s not news that the New York City Housing Authoritythe nation’s largest public housing agencyis in serious financial trouble, needing tens of billions of dollars just to manage repairs on its buildings. Since NYCHA can’t impose assessments or raise rents, which are limited by law to a percentage of tenant income, it has turned to leveraging its underused assets to generate revenue. The city’s infill plan, which will allow for market-based development on NYCHA property, will give the housing authority an opportunity to crawl out of its deep hole of debt and deferred-maintenance costs.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Win/Win: Building grocery stores and other retail space on NYCHA land could generate tens of millions of dollars in rent, helping pay for needed repairs. Read more.

  2. Cheap: Subsidized NYCHA parking lots charge residents as little as $7 per month, well below the market rate for parking. Read more.

  3. Space: NYCHA properties have enough underutilized space to accommodate 58 million square feet of new construction. Read more.

“A morning at NYCHA leaves one with the view that a lot of small-ticket fixups could make a big difference in the daily lives of tenants.”

Howard Husock, Manhattan Institute vice president, research and publications

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

How de Blasio Can Get Housing Policy Right By Howard Husock (April 30, 2014)

“The mayor has some good options—if creating affordable housing is really his goal.”

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