NYCHA plays a key role in achieving the goals set forth in Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York Plan. Over 10 years, The Authority is committing to the creation of 10,000 units of affordable housing.
NYCHA has partnered with the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) to create 100 percent affordable housing on underutilized NYCHA land. This plan was developed in response to resident and advocate demand for additional affordable housing in their communities. All new development projects involve a transparent resident engagement process at developments, where all stakeholders can provide input and take part in deciding what is brought to their communities.
Typically, new development sites are underutilized, street-facing areas currently used as parking lots, trash areas, or storage sites. In addition, NYCHA identifies sites based on proximity to neighborhoods of planned City rezonings and ability to leverage other public investments. Based on a preliminary analysis of a portion of the portfolio, the Authority has several acres of potential development sites throughout the five boroughs to support construction of 10,000 new affordable apartments.
The new construction programs include a mix of uses, where possible, as well as units sized for smaller households, such as senior households, with the goal of creating homes for all NYCHA residents while freeing up currently under-occupied units for larger households in need. The affordability levels and target populations of the development projects are determined in consultation with residents and other community stakeholders.
NYCHA and HPD are currently reviewing responses to a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued for three new senior affordable housing construction projects. The RFP invited pre-qualified developers to issue proposals for 100-percent affordable senior buildings totaling 300 new homes on three underused NYCHA sites at Sotomayor, Bushwick II (Group E), and Baruch Houses. The RFP is part of the Seniors First initiative, which will create 4,000 new senior apartments by 2026, of which about 1,000 will be constructed on underused NYCHA land.
NYCHA and HPD also recently announced the selection of development teams to expand affordable housing opportunities at two NYCHA developments: Twin Parks West and Sumner. They intend to announce the selection of two more development teams at Harborview Terrace and Morrisania Air Rights in Spring 2018. In total, these projects will provide approximately 750 affordable housing units, 25,000 square feet of community facility space, and 11,000 square feet of retail space. The selection of these development teams is the result of an extensive community engagement process dedicated to understanding resident concerns. Throughout the process, resident meetings and community visioning workshops were held to identify residents’ top priorities.Construction is underway on two NextGeneration 100% Affordable Housing developments at Ingersoll and Mill Brook Houses. The selected development teams are building over 300 new affordable apartments for low-income seniors on underutilized NYCHA land. Development teams are expected to begin construction in 2019 on new affordable buildings totaling approximately 430 units at Van Dyke Houses, Betances V and Betances VI.