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In its first year, the fellowship is funded to address a critical need for preservation and better design in the New York City Region by focusing its efforts on NYCHA.
Specifically, the authority estimates that the city's Strongest collect 380 million pounds of refuse each year from NYCHA developments.
NYCHA has proposed leasing off park and courtyard space in otherwise prime locales such as the Lower East Side to luxury developers in order to bring in revenue for the authority, which is facing a $40 million operational deficit and a $6.6 billion capital deficit; with sequestration hitting federal funding, those totals will likely grow.
As The Real Deal previously reported, a glitch in NYCHA's new $36 million computer system has botched the payment of rent subsidies for many low-income families, causing some landlords to have to evict their tenants unnecessarily.
The vote to give BCG $6 million was one of five resolutions the NYCHA board voted on that morning, following votes to approve a half-million-dollar emergency contract for tree removal, a $600,000 commercial lease contract and the transfer of 32,000 square feet of land and 160,000 square feet of air rights in East Harlem to a real estate consortium building a charter school, community facility and 87 units of affordable housing.
The class alleged that NYCHA, the largest public-housing agency in the United States with a total of 180,000 apartments, failed to accommodate tenants and applicants with mobility impairments who needed accessible housing and failed 1o convert apartments for the needs of tenants with mobility impairments.
As part of NYCHA's Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program, more than 2,900 residents will benefit from comprehensive upgrades to 1,718 apartments and common areas.
NYCHA was under former Deptuy Mayor Dennis Walcott's authority until he became schools chancellor in March, and is now overseen by Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification and was recently hired for a roofing project for NYCHA through a private contractor, GTS Construction.
The report examines NYCHA's current crisis and identifies five key strategies that can be used to ensure the future viability of NYCHA housing across New York City.
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