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July 11, 2018A day after announcing a vast new inspection plan for lead in New York City public housing, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday doubled down on his administration’s commitment, vowing to “eradicate this problem once and for all.”
He said private contractors using specialized equipment would conduct inspections of every public housing apartment where lead paint might have been used — some 130,000 units — in order to create a database of those that contain lead paint and those that do not.
Maria Doulis, vice president at the nonprofit Citizens Budget Commission, said the mayor’s plan to use outside contractors for inspections was an “encouraging sign,” but added that the new spending on inspections would not address underlying management and operational issues at the sprawling Housing Authority.
Press Mention Housing
July 05, 2018“NYCHA’s needs are staggering,” warns the Citizens Budget Commission in its latest report on the challenges facing the city Public Housing Authority.
Staggering, indeed: The agency’s latest assessment is that it needs to spend $32 billion on repairs over the next five years — but faces an eye-popping $25 billion deficit.
And recent state and city commitments of new cash barely dent NYCHA’s need.
Without vastly more funds, the CBC warns, within a decade some 90 percent of NYCHA’s units could deteriorate to the point that they’d be cheaper to rebuild than to repair — but either bill would dwarf that $32 billion figure.
The agency needs $5.6 billion to fix kitchens and bathrooms, $2.9 billion for apartment floors, $3.1 billion to repair boiler and heating systems, $1.5 billion to replace elevators … and on and on.
The CBC offers a way to generate some $7 billion toward those bills, a rescue plan of sorts for an agency that houses 400,000 low-income New Yorkers. But it depends on radical change.
For example: Shrink the number of properties NYCHA owns and manages directly, shifting responsibility to private for-profit and nonprofit housing groups. This could cut capital needs by $2.6 billion — but New York’s ideologues will fight it tooth and nail. As they will oppose the CBC recommendation that NYCHA sell air rights and underused land to developers to fund another $3 billion in repairs.
The naysayers think it’s a betrayal to privatize any portion of NYCHA’s housing stock, even if it gives tenants better options. Rather than let the Housing Authority evolve, they’re apparently willing to let the city’s entire public-housing stock literally fall apart.
July 03, 2018Rather than continue as the nation’s largest landlord, NYCHA should transition to an affordable housing steward employing a full range of strategies to preserve the affordability of its units.
July 02, 2018Radical changes need to be undertaken immediately
June 19, 2018Marisa Lago, Director of the Department of City Planning and Chair of the City Planning Comission, joined the CBC to discuss the U.S. Census, neighborhood revitalization, housing afforability, and resiliency and sustainability.
March 05, 2018Has the PLA between NYCHA and the BCTC delivered on expected savings? An evaluation is needed before any decision to renew the PLA.
December 20, 2017Part 1 of our analysis reviews NYCHA's capital needs and spending patterns over the last 5 years.
September 21, 2017CBC Breakfast conversation with NYC Housing and Preservation Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer.
September 18, 2017Following the release of data on fiscal year 2017 fourth quarter housing starts, the CBC has updated its map of housing developments created or preserved under New York City’s Housing New York Plan.
Special Feature Housing
August 08, 2017Interactive map plots the location of each housing development created or preserved under NYC’s Housing New York plan.
July 19, 2017How is NYCHA doing two years into its implementation of NextGeneration NYCHA?
Report City Budget
June 30, 2017How do New Yorkers feel about quality of life and municipal services? It varies tremendously by community district.
June 30, 2017City documents offer few details on how the new funding will be used to enhance different levels of affordability.
Report City Budget
May 16, 201710,000 New Yorkers responded to a survey about which services they're satisfied with -- and which are in need of improvement.
Press Release City Budget
May 16, 2017The results show which municipal services are in greatest need of improvement.
Press Mention Taxes
April 24, 2017A coalition called Tax Equity Now NY, which includes the NAACP, the Black Institute, several landlords and homeowners, has teamed up with lawyers from the firm Latham & Watkins, including former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippmann, to file a class-action suit this week charging that the DNA of the city’s property tax system is racially biased and favors the affluent over the working- and middle-class.
Press Mention Housing
March 09, 2017More than 150,000 moderate- and middle-income households in New York City are still rent burdened, according to a 2015 Citizens Budget Commission policy brief. When families are rent-burdened—meaning they pay more than 30% of household income on rent—they often find it hard to afford other necessities such as health care and child care. Middle-income earners in New York deserve better.
Press Release Housing
March 08, 2017The Citizens Budget Commission today announced that the winner of the 2017 CBC Prize for Public Service Innovation is the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for its “NextGeneration NYCHA – Digital Initiatives.”
Report Economic Development
September 28, 2016How does the New York City metro area compare to other large cities in the competition for a talented workforce? Affordability and commute times remain challenges.
July 18, 2016The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development is the nation's largest municipal housing agency, and is charged with implementing the largest housing plan in the city's history. How's it doing?