Residents who attended yesterday's City Council Committee on Public Housing hearing accused the New York City Housing Authority of employing aggressive tactics to transfer people out of under-occupied units.
NYCHA is out of compliance with The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's mandate that all state housing authorities assign families to appropriately sized apartments. There are more than 15,200 overcrowded apartments and over 56,300 under-occupied apartments in the city, according to NYCHA data collected earlier this year.
An under-occupied apartment has one extra bedroom. Extremely under-occupied units have two or more bedrooms and make up about 12,000 of NYCHA's under-occupied units.
The agency is ratcheting up its rightsizing transfer program to meet improvement goals laid out in Plan NYCHA, which is a comprehensive five-year plan aimed at preserving and improving the city's public housing system for years to come. While residents, advocates and legislators agree that families should be placed in appropriately-sized apartments, many of them are not pleased with the way the plan is being implemented.
"I understand the need to maximize the utilization of the City's precious public housing stock. I am, however, extremely concerned by the lack of forethought that has been evident throughout the process," Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, who represents many public housing residents in her Upper West Side district, wrote in prepared testimony. "I have heard from dozens of public housing residents in my district who have been given misleading and often incorrect information by the housing assistants to whom they were directed."More »