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Trespass Policy

Trespass Notice Program Combats Drug Related Crime

It is NYCHA’s mission to provide decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure living environment for low- and moderate-income residents throughout the five boroughs. Federal law mandates every public housing authority to maintain its housing developments in safe condition. It also requires each resident of public housing to ensure that his or her guests do not engage in any criminal activity that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of other residents.

In response to this federal mandate, NYCHA implemented a Trespass Notice Program to ensure the safety and security of all NYCHA residents, their guests and visitors; NYCHA employees, and other persons who have legitimate purpose on NYCHA property. The program was initiated at developments in Queens in January 2005. The Trespass Notice Program proved so successful, it was gradually expanded to other boroughs until it was fully implemented citywide in June 2007. NYCHA has banned more than 2,500 individuals from NYCHA property, who were arrested for serious drug offenses, since the initiation of the program. NYCHA publishes the “Not Wanted List,” which displays the names of individuals who have been permanently excluded from Housing Authority property as a measure to protect the safety of our residents.

Through the combined efforts of NYCHA, the New York City Police Department and residents, crime has dropped in NYCHA developments by 29% since 2002; 22% since 2004, the last year before the Trespass Program was initiated; and 15% since 2007, the year the program was fully implemented.

NYCHA Trespass Policy (PDF)