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Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT)

PACT is New York City’s implementation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.  RAD allows NYCHA to generate revenue to reinvest back into our developments using the Section 8 program. Through its participation in PACT, NYCHA will be able to safeguard long-term housing affordability, improve and modernize apartments, and stabilize developments by placing them on solid financial footing.

Permanent Affordability & Resident Protections

The federal RAD program ensures permanent affordability, while New York City’s PACT ensures some of the strongest resident protections in the country. NYCHA has worked with a number of resident leaders and advocacy groups to identify key issues and a set of principles to guide NYCHA’s RAD implementation. These principles outline resident rights, responsibilities of a new property manager/developer, and NYCHA’s role.

Modernizing NYCHA

RAD allows NYCHA to address the significant capital repair needs on thousands of apartments by converting them to a special Project-Based Section 8 program. Residents can remain in their apartments with tenancy protections in line with those provided to public housing reidents, while NYCHA raises new sources of funding to repair the buildings and modernize apartments. HUD also requires that NYCHA guarantee the property is owned by a non-profit or public entity, but in New York we go a step further by maintaining ownership of the property. This is not privatization.


  • NYCHA has experienced a cumulative federal capital grant funding loss of $1.160 billion since 2001, resulting in a huge backlog of unmet capital needs – extensive repairs.
  • In order to make all the repairs NYCHA needs nearly $17 billion.
  • Funding generated through RAD will help NYCHA make repairs:
  • Comprehensive mold remediation and projects that could include roof replacements or facades
  • New kitchens, bathrooms and flooring, renovated hallways and stairwells
  • Lighting, new fencing, doors and windows new asphalt and concrete site work

Read more about how PACT protects and preserves public housing:

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