The Community Service Society (CSS) applauds Mayor de Blasio for a budget that addresses the pressing needs of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and its residents. The Mayor proposes to relieve NYCHA of its $32 million PILOT payment (in lieu of property tax), and transfer responsibility for NYCHA-managed senior and community centers to DFTA and DYCD, which currently costs $22 million annually. Combined, the budget will add $54 million to NYCHA’s limited operating resources and relieve a significant portion of its $99 million operating deficit.
As importantly, the Mayor has committed $100 million annually in the capital budget over the next three years for urgently needed major improvements, such as leaking roofs and façade work. We look toward the upcoming release of the city’s NextGeneration NYCHA Plan for his long-term vision to sustain the city’s public housing resources.