Last month, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced that it has selected private developers to purchase property and construct or renovate 1,000 units of affordable housing on four public housing sites in the South Bronx. This is part of an ongoing partnership between NYCHA and the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to make use of “underutilized” spaces on City-owned property. This program is highly praised, as it creates affordable housing and generates income for NYCHA, which is currently operating at a serious budget deficit.

However, as Chris Narducci explores in City Limits magazine, because the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) controls all city housing authorities including NYCHA, developers building on NYCHA property can side-step ULURP, the local public review procedure. While HUD does require a minimal public review procedure, Narducci writes, “The concern is that without the strictures of the New York City-specific ULURP, the input and oversight that community members have is not enough to provide them with needed information or influence.”

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