Human Rights Watch says evictions and diminished oversight make Rental Assistance Demonstration a program in need of more scrutiny.
The agreement closes a loophole that let thousands of public housing apartments escape review by a court-appointed overseer, despite persistent health hazards.
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.
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.
The 2013 court-monitored agreement to eradicate toxic mold from public housing doesn’t cover apartments being moved to private management. That’s a big problem, says the judge, who ordered the city and residents to hammer out a new deal.
Fulton and Chelsea-Elliott residents met with top housing officials for months to hash out what comes next for their Manhattan homes. The process has been rocky at times, but could become a model for how NYCHA engages with tenants across the city.
The ex-city and federal housing boss created a controversial privatization program now used in NYC. NYCHA’s lead-poisoning scandal festered while he was in Washington. Now Donovan says he can rescue residents.
With every apartment that gets turned over to private management, public housing officials wipe away mold fixes and other unfinished work, an advocacy group charges. Meanwhile, the number of outstanding repairs recently hit a record 475,000.
Private managers are aiming to close on the “Manhattan bundle” in late November. Some public housing tenants are cautiously optimistic to sign on with new management while others boycott the move.
Residents at a public housing complex on East 28th Street are planning to boycott an upcoming meeting about the impending conversion of their building to private management.
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More than 15,000 apartments will be privately operated under Rental Assistance Demonstration by year’s end — part of a target total of 62,000 units.
Once a complex enters the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, where private developers run public housing, online repair and outage reports stop.
Gregory Russ says there’s nothing to fear from private overhaul of public housing. But tenant concerns permeated his previous gig in Minneapolis.