Rep. Maloney Statement on HUD – NYC Mayor Deal on NYCHA
NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance, released the following statement on the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) deal reached by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“The most important priority of any agreement must be immediate improvements to the welfare of NYCHA’s 400,000 residents. For decades, New Yorkers living in public housing have been forced to live in third world conditions as NYCHA grossly mismanaged its properties with little worry about consequences and the federal government deliberately disinvested in public housing. As a result, the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of people has been put at unacceptable risk.
“This agreement is an important step in making things right for the residents of NYCHA. Along with a significant commitment of resources by the City of New York, this agreement mandates new management at NYCHA by establishing a Federal monitor, and creates clear deadlines for NYCHA to remediate lead, heat, pests, elevator and mold problems. These are important improvements, but we still have more work to do. The state and Federal governments must do their part to help the residents of NYCHA by significantly increasing the amount of money invested in public housing. As a member of the Housing, Community Development, and Insurance Subcommittee, I will be closely monitoring the implementation of this agreement and will work with my colleagues in the New York delegation to make sure that the voices of NYCHA’s residents are heard loud and clear in the halls of Congress.”