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NYCHA Invests $18 M in Capital Improvements

From January to March this year, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will be making the most of the $18 million provided by grants from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With the capital, NYCHA plans to improve eleven of its housing developments in NYC.

“NYCHA continues to make improvements to its building structures and systems by spending its money wisely, and in the best interests of residents,” Chairman John Rhea of NYCHA said in a press release. “These major upgrades are needed regularly to ensure the preservation of our aging building stock, with 70 percent of our buildings more than 40 years old.”

The improvements to NYCHA that John Rhea is speaking of include brickwork, re-pointing, roof replacements, kitchen upgrades, installations of security cameras and intercom systems, bathroom renovations, basketball court renovations, and lighting fixture and spray shower upgrades.

Scheduled to be completed by March 2013, the repairs and upgrades will take place at Red Hook West, East New York City Line, Whitman Houses, Ingersoll Houses, Murphy Houses, Jackson Houses, Isaacs Houses, Glenwood Houses, Taft Rehab, and South Jamaica Houses.

The upgrades and repairs to NYCHA developments will affect about 22,000 residents, and will be an aggressive move to preserve what John Rhea calls “aging building stock.” In the past three years alone, NYCHA has invested more than $1.5 billion in capital investments to this end, with about $423 million coming from federal Stimulus funding. The ongoing effort keeps buildings structurally sound, economically friendly, and in a good state of repair for the more than 600,000 residents.


Prominent People in Philanthropy: John B Rhea

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John B Rhea is NYCHA’s Chairman and an advocate for early childhood education through his work with Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). According to its website, “CMOM inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs.” Additionally he has been very supportive of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant arts exposure and access. It also offers exhibition opportunities for underrepresented artists and artists of color. In addition to the over 2,300 students it has served, Rush exhibits the work of 40-50 emerging and community-based artists in its galleries. Though some tend to segregate their philanthropic endeavors from their work, Rhea does not. For a living, he works for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), where he strives to better lives of affordable housing residents.

To read more about how NYCHA’s John B Rhea has benefitted our world, click the link!