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John Rhea, the New York City Housing Authority's chairman, talks about their new strategic plan--including selling off air-rights and other strategies to raise revenue to support the city's public housing.
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Rhea is out of his mind. Instead of trying to really work at fixing the problem he is trying to take the easiest way out. I live in a NYCHA development in the UWS and I pay 30% of my gross rent which is almost $1,000 a month. I had to stop contributing to my 401K and gave up on trying to save money. If I have to pay "fair market value" I will end up homeless. I do not have cable, home phone or other "luxuries" because most of my money goes toward rent, metro card and food. Politicians just don't get it....at this rate by the time I reach retirement I will not be able to financially contribute to my wellbeing. They are creating a whole new set of problems!!!!!
I work with a population that often lives in public housing. One (but not all) of the problems is that some people feel the city "owes" them (and then their adult children) shelter, whether they are paying a percentage of wages or public assistance. Often (but not always)those paying rent from public assistance never see the money they are paying,and thus do not give their housing any value. THese are the residents who trash their apartments and the public areas. Then again, some NYCHA buildings, such as the ones on West 25 Street and Tenth, seem to my eye to be very well respected by the residents...
I believe the problem with public housing is that no one appreciates what it was, it was meant to help the people find a home they could afford. But now the 30% of your income rule is hard today. 30% of gross not net, in order to watch tv you have to pay, in order for your kids to do homework you need internet...Everything costs more today..and then you have those that live in housing and don't care about there home and treat it like garbage..no one cares not NYCHA taking the money of those that work and struggle to get by and those that live and don't care that you need to go to work and play music all nite long and leave piss in the elevators, smoke and garbage.
Not even middle income people can afford "market rents" in New York City unless they live in rent controlled housing.But I want to comment on the silly solution nycha proposes of getting rid of those tenants who make over $40,000 - $60,000 per year (which is barely middle income in New York City) and building them new, 'middle income" housing in the same neighborhood. If nycha wants to avoid the problem of dumping the poor into impoverished ghettos, why not simply build more mixed income housing for both low and middle income citizens and making sure all buildings have 'middle income' amenities? PS. According to a essay called "BATTLING WITH DU BOIS" Kwame Anthony Appiah reports in the New York Review Books, (December 22,2011) that "median' income of white Americans is $150,000 and the median income of black Americans is $10,000. While no white person I know makes anywhere near $150,000, it seems to me the policy of separating those who make $40,000 from those who make less has a deeply racist subtext.
In Manhattan public housing sits in areas of extremely high rents. The so called middle class can hardly afford to live there, much less folks just barely above the poverty level. How could he possibly imagine it would be possible to link public housing rentals to "the fair market value"?
The plan to stratify income in public housing and weed out higher income working class families happened in Britain and it destroyed public housing there. It's a neat plan; turn a nice potentially profitable apartment building into a wasteland, a no-go zone and neighborhood problem and then it gets privatized, which is what Corporate Contributors wanted all along, but this time out of desperation the community goes along with it. It's basically what they've done here with schools.
New York Times ran an article about public housing, where rent was $1450 a month. I don't live in a public housing and I live in a great neighbourhood and my rent is lower than that. How is that even possible?
There is NO such thing as "fair" market rent in all of NYC!!
@john from office:Are you talking about Beyonce's baby girl? That's the only 'Blue Ivy' in the news...
It seems like what's missing in this conversation is addressing the absence of affordable middle income housing. What is replacing the Mitchell-Lama program in the City?
If this is there parking provided at public housing?If someone can not afford free market rent, how they afford to have a car?What is the rent for these parking spaces?At Strauss houses -- there are what look like subsidized parking spaces, while there are rats running around on first avenue when they bring out the trash.
Is this 30% of income goal based on the 1960s model of poverty that ignores the higher prices of healthcare, childcare, energy, transportation, etc.?
Furthermore, basing prices on the "fair market" value of surrounding rents seems to me to ignore the fact that sky-high rents are breaking the budgets of a lot of people outside of public housing.
Why has there no been a segment on the birth of Blue Ivy??? Com on Brian
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