Repairing Public Housing with Stimulus Cash

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The cash-strapped New York City Housing Authority will soon receive $423 million to make much-needed repairs in public housing.

The housing authority runs 343 public housing developments and for the last few years it's put off about $400 million worth of building repairs, so the money could be used to run daily operations.

Some of the postponed projects include $20 million for a roof placement at a development in Woodside, Queens and $15 million to repair brick work at 12 buildings in Throgs Neck.

The housing authority has long blamed its problems on inadequate funding from the federal government.

But the Department of Housing and Urban Development, now run by a former NYC housing commissioner, recently announced $3 billion dollars for housing authorities across the country.

A NYCHA spokesman says part of the money will also be used to repair and replace hundreds of elevators.

The authority recently came under scrutiny for sloppy maintenance after a child died trying to escape a stalled elevator.

For WNYC, I'm Cindy Rodriguez.