FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2023
NYCHA Closes Out 2022-23 Winter Heating Season, Marking Continued Performance Improvements and More Than $78.8 Million in Heating Infrastructure Investments
The renovations made this past winter represent the Authority’s ongoing dedication to meeting obligations of the 2019 HUD Agreement, while investing in more sustainable heating systems and improving quality of life for residents
NYCHA observed a nine percent decrease in heat or hot water outages this year and maintained an eight-hour average restoration time — continuing to address outages ahead of the 12-hour requirement established by HUD and the 24-hour requirement imposed on private landlords
NEW YORK – With the close of the 2022-2023 heat season on May 31, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) today announced continued performance improvements, along with more than $78.8 million in heating infrastructure investments this past winter, benefitting nearly 11,000 households at 10 campuses across Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan. The total investment in heating system renovation work was made possible by leveraging a range of funding sources and represents an agency-wide focus on both improving the performance of heat and hot water systems for residents and investing in more sustainable, reliable, and lower operational cost heating systems. These infrastructure investments go hand in hand with performance improvements, including a nine percent decrease in heat or hot water outages from the previous heating season. Heat is a key pillar of the 2019 agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), with the May 2021 approval of the City Capital Action Plan unlocking $2.2 billion in funding to address heating service and other infrastructure needs.
Each year, during the heating season — which is October 1 through May 31— all New York City building owners must maintain an indoor temperature of at least 68 degrees between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. when it’s below 55 degrees outside. From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., indoor temperature must be at least 62 degrees, regardless of the temperature outside. Hot water must be kept at a minimum temperature of 120 degrees at the source year-round.
NYCHA’s Heating Management, Operations, Emergency Management and Services, and Asset and Capital Management departments work collaboratively throughout the year to repair and maintain the Authority’s extensive network of boilers, distribution equipment, and hot water systems that deliver heat and hot water service to public housing residents across New York City.
In addition to nine percent fewer heat or hot water outages at developments for the 2022-2023 heating season, NYCHA maintained an eight-hour average restoration time – four hours ahead of the HUD requirement of 12 hours, and 16 hours ahead of the requirement for private landlords to provide within 24 hours. NYCHA has met and exceeded the goal set by HUD every year since the signing of the Agreement.
“As a pillar of the 2019 HUD Agreement, heat is a paramount quality of life concern for NYCHA residents,” said NYCHA Interim CEO Lisa Bova-Hiatt. “The investment of $78.8 million in significant equipment upgrades across 10 developments, benefitting 11,000 NYCHA families, demonstrates our commitment and ongoing efforts to improve the delivery of these crucial services.”
“This year, we saw a nine percent decrease in heat or hot water outages,” said NYCHA Chief Operating Officer Eva Trimble. “And we maintained an average of eight hours for restoration time, thereby meeting our obligations under the HUD Agreement. The system upgrades and equipment investments made this year are another step forward in improving our heat service.”
Ten NYCHA developments — Glenwood Houses, Kingsborough Houses, Whitman Houses, Highbridge Gardens, Taft Houses, Polo Grounds Towers, Robinson Houses, Ingersoll Houses, and Vladeck I and Vladeck II Houses — received a host of capital investments in heating infrastructure and components during the 2022-2023 season totaling $78.8 million, including the installation of energy-efficient boilers, hot water heaters, storage tanks, electrical panels, plumbing equipment, zone valves, and steam pipes. Additional investments included the installation of building management systems to better calibrate the delivery of heat to individual apartments.
The scope of heating system renovation work at the 10 developments includes:
The capital investment for these projects came primarily from federal and City funding. Several of these projects were also subsidized through Energy Performance Contracts, a financing technique that uses cost savings from reduced energy consumption to repay the cost of installing energy conservation measures.
Some of these upgrades involve transitioning NYCHA’s hot water heating infrastructure from steam heating systems to hydronic (hot water) heating systems. By decoupling hot water heating systems from traditional centralized space heating systems, the Authority expects to increase the efficiency of its systems and enhance operational capacity.
The use of hydronic hot water heating system technology has two clear advantages. First, it enables heating management staff to reduce year-round preventative maintenance efforts that disrupt the provision of hot water service to residents. Secondly, the investments help reduce energy consumption by utilizing more efficient heat systems. The Authority has committed to achieving an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.
In September 2021, the Authority released a Sustainability Agenda to outline the strategy for achieving this goal. Pursuing Energy Performance Contracts, integrating innovative technologies, and transitioning away from systems that use fossil fuels were identified as key tools for reaching deep carbon reductions.
For more information on NYCHA’s modernization initiatives, please visit https://www.nyc.gov/site/nycha/about/modernizing-properties.page
About the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest public housing authority in North America, was created in 1935 to provide decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. NYCHA is home to 1 in 17 New Yorkers, providing affordable housing to 528,105 authorized residents through public housing and Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) programs as well as Section 8 housing. NYCHA has 177,569 apartments in 2,411 buildings across 335 conventional public housing and PACT developments. In addition, NYCHA connects residents to critical programs and services from external and internal partners, with a focus on economic opportunity, youth, seniors, and social services. With a housing stock that spans all five boroughs, NYCHA is a city within a city.