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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.

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NYCHA and the NYCHA board

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If there is anyone who has their work cut out for them it’s the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) who is responsible for about a half-million people in New York City.  But the organization is much more than just a housing group, NYCHA and the NYCHA board strive to also enrich its residents’ lives with educational and community programs, as well as employment opportunities and health services. They work hard to be informative and helpful to residents of any age, and offer programs to assist them in gaining valuable knowledge, skills, and confidence.

NYCHA and the NYCHA board are also working to become sustainable and eco-friendly, creating a Green NYCHA initiative to help make an effort to become more energy efficient.  NYCHA’s mission seems to be more than just providing housing to New Yorkers; it’s providing them with life opportunities that no everyday landlord would provide, and there’s honor in that. They’ve really raised the bar for themselves, providing services for the good of their communities every day.

Read our entire profile on NYCHA and the NYCHA board here. 

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NYCHA’s Margarita Lopez is an Activist for Many Worthy Causes

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NYCHA’s Margarita Lopez speaks to the residents of NYCHA developments.
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Margarita Lopez, NYCHA Board member, has a plethora of causes for which she is continuously advocating. Among them are LGBT rights (she is, after all, a member of the community), environmental preservation, protection of rights for marginalized groups like the mentally ill, and against domestic violence. Besides helping found a credit union to help the impoverished, establishing programs to deliver food to the homeless, and creating programs at NYCHA to foster eco-friendly lifestyles and business practices, Margarita has contributed New York City’s culture and society in a multitude of ways.

To read more about Margarita Lopez, NYCHA Board Member, click here!

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Prominent People in Philanthropy: Emily Youssouf

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Emily Youssouf has been a major asset to several financial and affordable housing institutions since obtaining her MA from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. Besides her role as an educator, serving as a real estate professor for New York University, Youssouf has served on the boards of the Citizens Budget Commission, The Citizens Housing and Planning Council, and many others. While currently working for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), she has contributed her knowledge of providing affordable housing to help the residents of New York City. Youssouf is not only an academic authority in the realms of public housing and finance, but she is also a philanthropic role model for all.

To read more about Emily Youssouf’s philanthropic endeavors, click here!