New York Public Housing Risks ‘Demolition by Neglect’ Without Intervention, Report Says

If the public housing system in New York City was its own city, it would be larger than New Orleans, with 400,000 residents paying an average of $522 per month for an apartment. It’s a critical lifeline for low-income people, whose options for finding affordable housing in New York are increasingly vanishing. And without an immediate and sustained commitment to rehabilitate its 326 housing complexes, according to a new report from the Regional Plan Association (RPA), the system could all but collapse.

The report, called “Time to Act: Restoring the Promise of NYC’s Public Housing,” builds on previous research showing that NYCHA properties are in need of $45.2 billion in repairs over the next 20 years in order to remain habitable.

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