Hud Agreement With Nycha

The monitor may ask the federal government to adopt guidelines at nyCHA or take action on behalf of NYCHA when the Watchdog encounters compliance issues, the agreement states. The agreement also renews the city`s commitment, reflected in the June 2018 approval order, to provide NYCHA with an additional $1 billion in funds over the next four years and an additional $200 million in funds each year for the duration of the agreement. In addition, the agreement will provide an additional $4 billion in municipal funds that will be budgeted until 2027. “We see this as a partnership to do things for residents,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said shortly after signing the agreement with HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Thursday. “It has created an atmosphere of partnership and a sense of common destiny that benefits the 400,000 people who live in public housing.” “I don`t think it`s a good deal for Nycha and for the city,” Brezenoff, Nycha`s outgoing president, said in an interview. Berman`s office said the agreement, which comes into effect immediately and does not require judicial authorization, set the government`s requirements in its 2018 complaint against Nycha, which is now rejected. Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. lawyer in Manhattan, said in a statement Thursday that the new agreement went beyond the previous deal, which the judge rejected because it provides for “strict and enforceable standards that Nycha must meet until certain deadlines for the five critical living conditions” that his office had identified.

U.S. Attorney General Geoffrey S. Berman said: “NyCHA`s inability to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing is simply unacceptable and illegal. Children must be protected from toxic lead paint, dwellings must be free of mould and pests, and developments must provide sufficient heat in winter and in elevator services. This office has not deterred its commitment to better living conditions for NYCHA residents. Today`s agreement will improve the lives of more than 400,000 New Yorkers who call NYCHA home. The agreement goes beyond the previously proposed approval decree, providing for strict and enforceable standards that NYCHA must meet within certain deadlines for the five critical living conditions, including the requirement for the immediate rehabilitation of lead paint in homes with children under 6 years of age, as well as a 100% reduction in all lead paints in all NYCHA developments. , as well as a change in NYCHA`s management. “Today`s agreement is without increasing the resources NYCHA needs to completely clean up the city`s evolution and provide a decent quality of life for tenants,” said Judith Goldiner, counsel for the Legal Aid Society`s legal reform unit. “The housing agency needs billions of dollars and this regulation is failing to raise funding of this magnitude. Once again, we are asking Washington, Albany and City Hall to fund NYCHA to a level sufficient to ensure that residents have reliable heat and hot water, roofs that do not flow, apartments without mold or vermin, and functional elevator service. Under the agreement, a federal monitor, selected by HUD and the U.S. Attorney`s Office in agreement with NYCHA and the city, will oversee NYCHA`s reform efforts.

In addition to the corrective measures specifically outlined in the agreement, NYCHA will develop, subject to the Monitor`s agreement, action plans to reassure living conditions within NYCHA and to meet the compliance standards set out in the agreement. The monitor and NYCHA will also develop a plan to review NYCHA`s organizational, management and personnel structure, which will be informed by a new comprehensive study by an independent external consultant.