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Mayor de Blasio and HUD Secretary Castro announce energy savings program at NYCHA

Photo of HUD Secretary Castro with Senator Schumer, Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, and Chair Olatoye.

April 9, 2015 — Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro, New York City Housing Authority Chair Shola Olatoye, and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Nilda Mesa announced today the launch of the largest energy savings program for any public housing authority in the country. Through a series of competitive Energy Performance Contracts (EPC), it is estimated that at least $100 million in work will occur across nearly 300 NYCHA developments to upgrade and retrofit thousands of buildings, dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating tens of millions of dollars in cost savings, as well as creating more than 500 jobs.


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$3 Billion in Federal Funds to Repair and Protect 33 Sandy-Damaged NYCHA Developments Housing Thousands

Photo of Coney Island Houses in Brooklyn
Coney Island Houses is one of the developments that will benefit from the FEMA grant.

March 31, 2015 — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced today approximately $3 billion in federal funding to repair and protect 33 public housing developments that sustained severe damage during Hurricane Sandy – the largest FEMA grant in the history of the agency. Half of the funds will be designated for repairs, while the other half will be aimed at implementing resiliency measures to better protect developments from future disasters. The funding is authorized by FEMA’s Alternative Procedures, which provides a lump sum payment instead of the typical incremental funding by FEMA.


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Mayor de Blasio and NYCHA Chair & CEO Olatoye announce Michael Kelly as NYCHA's next General Manager

March 25, 2015 — Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Housing Authority Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye announced the appointment of Michael P. Kelly as the Authority’s next General Manager. A proven housing industry leader, Kelly is a licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, a certified urban planner and member of the American Planning Association, and a LEED Green Associate of the US Green Building Council. Kelly has led and strengthened housing authorities in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, San Francisco, New Orleans – and he has previously served as General Manager in New York City. Kelly was approved unanimously at a regularly scheduled NYCHA Board meeting this morning.


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Mayor and City Council announce 29 developments to get new cameras and security upgrades by EOY

March 24, 2015 — Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City Housing Authority Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye announced today that 29 NYCHA developments will receive cameras and other security enhancements by the end of 2015. This is on top of the 49 2014-funded CCTV projects the Authority installed as scheduled at the end of last year thanks to the support and collaboration of City Council, city partners and the administration.


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Infographic on CCTV installation



On March 12, 2015, the City announced NYCHA General Manager Cecil House's resignation, effective April 15, 2015.
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Food Business Pathways

NYCHA’s Resident Economic Empowerment Services (REES) has launched the Food Business Pathways (FBP) program, an innovative entrepreneurship training program for public housing residents with a passion for food, in partnership with The NYC Department of Small Business Services, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Citi Foundation, and Hot Bread Kitchen.


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Article: "A Delicious Opportunity"



March 7, 2015 — Today is a very sad day at NYCHA, as we mourn the loss of one of our very own. Ms. Toni Jackson, a Caretaker assigned to Coney Island Houses, was fatally injured while carrying out janitorial duties.

Ms. Jackson joined the NYCHA family in June 2013. She was also a resident of Marlboro Houses in Brooklyn where she lived with her two children, ages 8 and 11.

The NYCHA family is deeply saddened and extends its heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the Jackson family and friends, and to her fellow colleagues.

Our employees are the heart of NYCHA and this is a very sad day for all of us.

Sincerely,

Shola Olatoye
Cecil House


Swifter capital repairs on the way thanks to newly signed labor agreement with building trades union

The New York City Housing Authority announced today an agreement with the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) of Greater New York, as well as its affiliated unions, that will benefit public housing residents, who will not only see swifter capital repairs but get access to union jobs and training.

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New York City Council Testimony

February 10, 2015 — NYCHA Chair & CEO Shola Olatoye gives a statement on NYCHA's Public Private Partnership to Preserve and Protect Project-Based Section 8 Housing. Excerpts:

We are proud of the significant benefits that the partnership with L&M Development Partners Inc. and Preservation Development Partners Inc. (formed by BFC Partners, L.P. and K&R Preservation LLC) will bring to more than 875 households and 2041 residents. This project was the only solution to the underfunding issues experienced at our project based Section 8 developments for decades. The affordable housing industry, and as of late public housing authorities, have leveraged private funds to preserve their buildings for residents for more than 30 years. This transaction provides $80 million for critical capital repairs including new kitchens and bathrooms for every apartment, renovated lobbies and community areas, energy efficient technologies, and security enhancements...

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Chair & CEO Olatoye’s Op-Ed: Public-Private Partnership Preserves Homes for 2,000 New Yorkers

Published on February 10, 2015 in Gotham Gazette the Op-Ed explains how this partnership is key to maintaining and protecting NYCHA's project-based Section 8 developments. Excerpts:

NYCHA has formed a public-private partnership, Triborough Preservation Partners, which will provide $80 million in capital work for 875 units of Section 8 housing. Unlike NYCHA public housing, these properties are subsidized by Housing Assistance Payments from HUD. Steady reductions in HUD funding since 2001 has resulted in a deficit of more than $1 billion, making it impossible for NYCHA to keep up with critical repairs at all of its properties. In addition, the project-based Section 8 developments are ineligible for federal capital funding. This scarcity of funding has taken its toll – all told, the six developments need about $48 million of capital work over the next five years, and about $113 million over the next 15 years.

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In total, we expect this partnership to generate a return to NYCHA of approximately $360 million over the next 15 years, vital funds that helped close NYCHA's 2014 operating deficit and will fund capital work at our public housing developments as well.

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Chair & CEO Olatoye’s Op-Ed: De Blasio's Commitment to NYCHA is Unprecedented

Published on February 6, 2015, Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye's City Limits Op-Ed spotlights Mayor Bill de Blasio's steadfast commitment to NYCHA. Here is an excerpt:

NYCHA is New York City's largest provider of affordable housing and the biggest public housing authority in the nation. It is more than a collection of 2,600 buildings and 400 community centers—it is home to more than 400,000 public housing residents and over 200,000 New Yorkers who live in Section 8 properties. NYCHA is their door to opportunity and better lives.

Mayor de Blasio and NYCHA's new administration knows as well as NYCHA residents the challenges to this mission. The Authority contends with deteriorating buildings that are 50 or 60 years old. Steady federal disinvestment since 2001 has resulted in a staggering $1 billion deficit and significant capital needs, from boilers to rooftops. The mayor has devoted unprecedented attention and historic support to NYCHA.

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In the Spotlight: Safety and Lighting

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NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye testified to the New York City Council's Committee on Public Housing on December 16, 2014 about lighting and safety at NYCHA developments.
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View the PowerPoint presentation

Related links
Press Release: Mayor de Blasio, District Attorney Vance Announce $101 Million Investment in Infrastructure and Programming to Enhance Safety in NYCHA Developments (12/16/2014)
Fact Sheet: Making New York City's Neighborhoods and Housing Developments Safer (7/8/2014)

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