NEW YORK, NY – New York City has entered into a $2.2 billion investment in NYCHA. This historic agreement was completed under a consent decree with the Southern District of New York.
The campaign led by NYCHA residence had been aimed to repair their buildings and apartments. The group demanded accountability, as well as repairs. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman echoed what residents have been saying for years. NYCHA’s failure to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing is simply unacceptable and illegal.
The settlement is an important first step for New York City in addressing the need to preserve public housing. The City must increase its annual investment and commitment for the New Yorkers living in these buildings. Fixing NYCHA’s infrastructure must be a priority so both the present and next generation will live in a safe and healthy environment.
Oversight of these repairs is critical and transparency is needed.