Public Housing

Measure sought by Mayor Eric Adams and his public housing authority chair will enable refinancing to help fund desperately needed repairs for 25,000 apartments.
Albany lawmakers are poised to approve a long-sought Preservation Trust to enable new investment in dilapidated housing projects — and Mayor Eric Adams says residents will have a say. The fine print is less clear.
Housing officials claim that no residents were “adversely impacted,” but one 90-year-old Holocaust survivor told THE CITY he was “in a state of panic.”
The public housing authority admits it erroneously informed Section 8-subsidized renters their aid was ending, after a tech meltdown made paperwork disappear. A solution is still far off.
Following a damning Justice Department complaint documenting years of lead paint and other coverups, improvements remain far off track, a report NYCHA refused to release shows.
A pattern of maintenance problems may have contributed to destructive blazes, including one that killed a 6-year-old.
RAD
Human Rights Watch says evictions and diminished oversight make Rental Assistance Demonstration a program in need of more scrutiny.
Three of the terminated employees each made over $100K in OT not rightfully earned. The investigation stems from a federal lawsuit settlement that stepped up scrutiny of operations.
Aiden Hayward, age 6, died in a blaze that began in the garbage at the Mitchel Houses — nine months after a similar fire erupted in the complex. Meanwhile, more than 300 chute repair requests were pending in public housing developments citywide, THE CITY has learned.
Mikhaila Bonaparte, who lives in a Brooklyn public housing complex long ago deemed free of lead paint, recorded an off-the-charts blood lead level shortly before her third birthday. NYCHA denies there’s any lead in the apartment — even after health officials detected the toxin.
More than 5,000 public housing apartments in buildings long ago deemed “lead free” contain lead paint, THE CITY has learned. And that number is likely to grow. Meet a resident of one of those complexes: Mikhaila Bonaparte, who was born in 2013, just days before NYCHA falsified its lead report to the feds.
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NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo cashed in years of unused vacation to boost his paycheck to $515,000 — more than the mayor and governor combined. Meanwhile, pandemic shutdowns didn’t stop his work crews’ overtime bills from rising.
Seven employees have been brought up on internal charges at five separate public housing developments across New York, THE CITY has learned. Meanwhile, the federal monitor flagged more than 600 mold and water leak inspections as problematic.
THE CITY’s examination found residents of several Brooklyn and Manhattan developments placed into the RAD program have alleged that private contractors and building managers botched renovations. Now some officials say an infusion of federal funds could render RAD obsolete.
Vendors ponied up everything from cash to booze to get repair jobs, the Department of Investigation and the Brooklyn DA’s Office found. The nine arrests came after THE CITY revealed the potential for corruption with “micro-purchase” contracts.
A supervisor assigned to oversee possible lead paint removal didn’t have certification. Meanwhile, an asbestos removal firm with a record of violations was hired. Some elected officials say NYCHA must pause transferring buildings to private firms.
A developer charged with taking over a NYCHA housing complex in Upper Manhattan patched over toxic mold with sheetrock, an investigation found. The discovery added to some tenants’ doubts about so-called RAD conversions.
“We need these playgrounds fixed,” he said after THE CITY reported more than one in 10 NYCHA playgrounds are shuttered because of unsafe conditions. Mayoral candidate Eric Adams called for swift repairs. But residents remained skeptical.
More than one of 10 NYCHA playgrounds is closed, while others are in dire need of fixes. One national expert shown pictures of some battered structures by THE CITY said the equipment should be buried at sea.
A consultant repeatedly urged public housing managers to overhaul decrepit airflow systems in 240 complexes across the city. But NYCHA officials, who insisted there was no danger, did nothing for weeks as the virus raged.
Nearly 100 households at the Brooklyn complex have been without cooking gas for a week and NYCHA has no timeline for repairs. It’s a story that’s played out repeatedly in recent years at the borough’s biggest public housing development.