For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Council of Large Public Housing Authorities Applauds NYCHA’s “Next Generation” Plan To Preserve Public Housing For Future Residents
WASHINGTON, DC, May 20, 2015 -- The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) applauds New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye for their announcement of a new strategic plan to put the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) on a sustainable financial path so it can improve services to current residents and preserve its vital housing stock for future residents.
NYCHA, the nation’s largest housing authority serving more than 400,000 New Yorkers has, like other CLPHA members, suffered from the federal government’s decades’ long disinvestment in public housing. In NYCHA’s case, the chronic underfunding has resulted in a surging backlog of more than $17 billion in needed repairs and renovations at the housing authority. This ambitious strategic plan seeks to address the capital backlog by using bold and innovative solutions employed by many other CLPHA members. This plan will bring significant investment to NYCHA’s 178,000 public housing units, dramatically improving the quality of life for residents.
“CLPHA congratulates NYCHA for thinking comprehensively about the long-term viability of this critically important asset,” said Sunia Zaterman, CLPHA’s Executive Director. “It is imperative to have a long-term plan for sustainability and the support of the Mayor and other elected leaders to address a challenge of this magnitude.”
The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit organization working to preserve and improve public and affordable housing through advocacy, research, policy analysis and public education. It represents most of the nation’s largest public housing authorities.
For news media inquiries, please contact Frank James, CLPHA Communications Director: firstname.lastname@example.org, or (202) 638-1300.