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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