NYC housing authority (nycha)
For the low and moderate income holders in five boroughs of New York City the authority is providing the residence and is also associated with citywide Section 8 Leased Housing Program in rental apartments. The authority is known as the largest public housing authority in North America.
When was it started?
The foundation was laid in 1934. Soon it started its development work under the name First Houses by renovating the already present apartments. The authority work was at its blossom from 1945 to 1965 while partnering with Robert Moses.
Now, the authority is putting forth the proposal of “NextGeneration NYCHA” to preserve public housing and improve the structure of existing ones.
Where they serve?
They are serving in five boroughs of New York City which includes Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County and Richmond County. They are present there with 334 developments holding 178,895 apartments in 2,602 buildings covering population at 400,000 which is much less as the population counts around 600,000 with an additional 160,000 families that are on waiting list.
What makes them important?
They are committed to provide safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to all social and community services. Their efforts have put forth more than 400,000 New Yorkers to reside in NYCHA’s 326 public housing developments whereas the other 235,000 have received the subsidized rental assistance in private homes.
Their importance can be rated from the fact that they work on vital mission to serve residents instead of facing out dramatic reduction in traditional government funding, so they are heading towards new financing options and looking for innovative partnerships in public, private and non-profit sectors. The challenge is not just done with this as preserving aging housing through timely maintenance and modernization is the tough part.
What’s on the list?
A Tenant lawsuit and Federal lawsuit was filed by two U.S. attorney’s Jim Walden and Geoffrey Berman in year 2018 for tenants living in squalid conditions and the authority violating the health and safety regulations by exposing children to lead paint and training out its workers to deceive inspectors.