Press Release

CSS Commends State Lawmakers for Capital Commitment to NYCHA in FY 2016 State Budget

David R. Jones

The Community Service Society (CSS) commends state leaders for the just announced FY2016 budget commitment of $100 million in capital funds for major improvements in NYCHA public housing, the state’s largest single affordable housing resource for low-income New Yorkers. Our July report, “Strengthening New York City’s Public Housing: Directions for Change” confirmed the accelerating deterioration of living conditions in NYCHA apartments since 2001 as a result of disinvestment by all levels of government. The report recommended the state and city make long-term capital commitments to restoring and sustaining NYCHA buildings. In mid-March, CSS helped organize an Albany rally that gathered over 500 residents and advocates to press the state to help meet the need. The $100 million allocation represents an unprecedented and responsive state commitment to our public housing and a great start toward restoring NYCHA’s aging infrastructure.

With this in hand, our attention is now turning toward pressing for a parallel commitment of capital funds from New York City. Weeks ago, Mayor de Blasio challenged Governor Cuomo to commit $300 million to NYCHA, which the city would match.  At a planned City Hall press conference on Thursday, April 9th, we hope to be able to affirm the city’s $300 million commitment and look toward a period of local and state reinvestment in NYCHA and its residents.

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