Responding to repairs and addressing a severe backlog is critical to the maintenance and preservation of NYCHA housing stock. Recent years have brought unparalleled fiscal challenges for NYCHA as it strives to maintain and preserve its 178,000 units of affordable housing. NYCHA has lost nearly one-billion dollars in funding since 2001, but is leading the charge to meet these obstacles head on with new initiatives already underway. To tackle the repairs backlog head-on, NYCHA launched a repair task force in June 2011 grouping a team of skilled workers to help reduce significant the backlog in repairs and to reduce wait times. The team of workers targeted buildings with the highest number of work order repairs per apartment. In just 6 months, the repair teams that includes carpenters, plumbers, plasterers and maintenance workers successfully completed nearly 40,000 repairs, in almost 10,000 apartments citywide. Because of this effort, there were more than 90,000 more repairs completed in 2011 than in 2010, a six (6) percent increase.