NYCHA Scandals

The Story

News from NYCHA keeps getting worse: now it appears that employees held sex parties at work, in some cases charging the city for overtime pay while they frolicked. It’s just the latest in a series of scandals at the housing authority, from lead-paint levels in apartments to a growing awareness that the nation’s largest public-housing system has been utterly mismanaged for decades. Public outrage is growing. No wonder that some critics are rethinking the future of public housing in New York City, with some urging wholesale reorganization of the agency’s assets. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Backlog: NYCHA is running a maintenance backlog on the order of $18 billion to $26 billion, and currently has few options to generate the revenue to cover it.  Read more.

  2. RADical: The city has signed up for a federal program that permits NYCHA to convert some of its units to private management, which should alleviate some of the budgetary pressure on the agency. Read more.

  3. Infill: NYCHA could sell or lease unused open space to private developers, including for supermarkets, in order to generate income for maintenance of existing property. Read more.

“If NYCHA managers were private landlords, they’d have been perp-walked in front of the federal courthouse.”

Howard Husock, Manhattan Institute vice president, research and publications

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Killing The Best Hope For Public Housing By Nicole Gelinas (New York Post October 22, 2013)

“The problem: Gotham’s public housing, more than half a century old, is crumbling.”

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“A year into the governor’s declaration that the subways are in crisis, he remains intent on obscuring who controls the system.”