“I am disappointed with Lynne Patton’s appointment to Regional Administrator of HUD’s Region II. Ms. Patton has no government experience nor demonstrated interest in the issues facing the public housing stock in New York,” said Council Member Ritchie Torres. “At a time when NYCHA has been starved of $17 billion dollars in capital funds from HUD, we need HUD to seriously consider the plight of the hundreds of thousands of NYCHA residents and Section 8 voucher recipients. Appointing Ms. Patton to this role shows HUD is not taking this funding crisis seriously.”
Ritchie Torres is a New York City Council Member representing District 15, and is the Chair of the Committee on Public Housing. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s is the Region II encompasses New Jersey and New York. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the largest housing authority in North America, relies on federal funding through HUD to operate and maintain its buildings.
To correct Councilman Torres, Mayor Bill de Blasio answered my question as to why NYCHA residents have to wait over five years for replacement stoves and refrigerators that the NYCHA system has been starved of $18 billion dollars by the federal and state governments. He added that he hopes to receive $7.3 billion dollars this fiscal year from the federal government, not saying how much the state would invest into NYCHA houses.
The mayor wold be investing $1 billion dollars of city monies over the next ten years to repair roofs of NYCHA buildings.