In October 2019, a Working Group was established to research, evaluate, and make recommendations to address the capital needs of the four Chelsea neighborhood developments - Chelsea, Chelsea Addition, Elliott, and Fulton - which together comprise over 2,000 apartments.
The Working Group is a collaboration of resident representatives, elected officials, Community Board 4, NYCHA staff, and housing and legal advocates. Hester Street, a mission-driven urban planning organization, is serving as facilitator.
In weekly meetings over the course of many months, the Working Group discussed the funding crisis at NYCHA and reviewed in detail the physical needs assessments and repair costs for the Chelsea developments. Housing practitioners presented to the group on a wide variety of revenue strategies to finance capital repairs. Legal experts presented on resident rights and protections, and community development experts presented models of resident engagement and resident management.
The Working Group also collected feedback from residents about their biggest priorities during engagement sessions held in the fall of 2019. Through this process, the Working Group identified three overarching goals:
WHO IS IN THE WORKING GROUP?
The Working Group is comprised of NYCHA residents, elected officials, community representatives, and housing organizations and advocates, including:
WHERE WE ARE NOW
The Working Group recommendations will guide NYCHA on how to move forward with a Request for Proposals (RFP). The RFP will solicit developers to provide proposals on how to conduct the repairs at each development. NYCHA will host a series of resident meetings throughout 2021 and 2022 before any repairs or construction are expected to begin.
WORKING GROUP ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS
NYCHA residents joined a series of virtual information sessions to share feedback on the Working Group recommendations and heard from other residents.
WORKING GROUP REPORT
The Working Group developed actionable recommendations in three categories: Capital Finance, Resident Rights and Protections, and Resident Engagement. This report details recommendations within each and outlines next steps for implementation.
On April 13 and 14, 2021, residents from the Fulton and Elliott-Chelsea Houses were invited to attend an information session about the Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program and new construction strategies recommended by the Chelsea Working Group. During the virtual meeting, residents were given an overview of the PACT program, what it means for the Fulton and Elliott-Chelsea developments, and what to expect in the months ahead. Residents were able to ask questions and hear from their neighbors about the recommendations.
Recording of April 13 meeting:
Zoom link: CLICK HERE
Recording of April 14 meeting:
Zoom link: CLICK HERE
PACT Hotline: 212-306-4036
Email us: PACT@nycha.nyc.gov