NYCHA Management Dispute

The Story

Following revelations about lead-poisoning and other scandals on its properties, the New York City Housing Authority signed a federal consent decree placing it under judicial supervision, with plans to hire a special monitor to oversee operations. NYCHA’s problems go deeper, however, than having a federal judge looking over the shoulder of interim chief Stanley Brezenoff. The authority needs to rein in costs, get a grip on its unions, and push aggressively to bring in private investors.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. 1981: Mayor de Blasio blames Ronald Reagan’s administration for inadequately funding NYCHA, though public housing, at its inception, was supposed to be self-sustaining. Read more.

  2. Perks: NYCHA management hasn’t made any headway in cutting back on excessive employee perks and extra pay. Read more.

  3. RADical: NYCHA’s embrace of the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, which gets private investors involved in management and maintenance of the buildings, is a step in the right direction. Read more.

“The technically brilliant, though complex, RAD program brings millions of private dollars to bear on fixing up public housing.”

Howard Husock, Manhattan Institute vice president, research and publications

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The Past is Present

Real Public Housing Reform By Howard Husock (February 12, 2003)

“The Bush administration’s plans are quietly revolutionary.”

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