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Saving Public Housing

NYCHA is again in the spotlight this week, as it was revealed that there are currently 5000 vacant units of public housing, a 50% increase compared to last year. Meanwhile, a staggering 240,000 applicants remain on the waiting list. Earlier this month, a massive investigation by the US Southern District of New York revealed a widespread web of corruption.

You don’t want to miss the upcoming panel discussion on public housing, hosted by Midtown South Community Council.

Can public housing be saved? And what would it take? (Spoiler: Yes, it can, and no, it does not require to privatize campuses) 
The in-person and zoom event, on February 27 at 6pm, will bring experts on public housing, to explore the fundamental questions of how public housing can be saved, what it need to be saved from, and what it take to save it

According to NYCHA’s latest physical needs assessment, it will cost $78.3 billion to bring the entire portfolio to a state of good repair. A stratospheric number. But the real question is: how much would it cost NOT TO fix the buildings. The toll on individuals forced to endure subpar living conditions in public housing, or face the loss of their Section 9 housing rights, far outweighs the expenses associated with necessary capital upgrades.

What: Saving Public Housing Panel Discussion
When: Tuesday, February 27, 6 to 8pm
Where: The People’s Forum, 320 W. 37th Street (btw 8th & 9th Ave). 
Where (bis): Also on Zoom.

Panelists: 

Ramona Ferreyra, Public Housing Advocate, SaveSection9
David J. Goldstein, CEO, Hydronic Shell Technologies (HST)

Marquis Jenkins, Activist; Organizer; Public Housing Advocate 
Norman Siegel, Civil Rights Attorney
Moderator:
Layla Law-Gisiko, Journalist

NYCHA encompasses 177,569 apartments in 2,411 buildings across 335 conventional public housing and PACT developments. According to the independent federal monitor, more than 600,000 people live in NYCHA apartments. That’s more than the population of Miami.

As new policies known as RAD, PACT are being unrolled and against the backdrop of skyrocketing rents, and numerous plans to demolish existing public housing campuses, this discussion couldn’t be more timely or essential.

With a focus on the iconic Fulton Houses and Elliott-Chelsea Houses in Chelsea, we’ll dissect the (not-so-many) successes, (plethoric) failures, and the future of public housing in New York City. From examining policy implications to exploring grassroots solutions, no stone will be left unturned in our quest for actionable insights.

Panelists: 
Ramona Ferreyra, Public Housing Advocate, SaveSection9
David J. Goldstein, CEO, Hydronic Shell Technologies (HST)

Marquis Jenkins, Activist; Organizer; Public Housing Advocate 
Norman Siegel, Civil Rights Attorney
This event is part of Midtown South Community Council Four Forums: For The Greater Good Series

Join us for what promises to be an illuminating and impactful conversation. Mark your calendars and spread the word—this is an event you won’t want to miss.

The Event is Free, but RSVP is a Must!