Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2018
CONTACT: media@nycha.nyc.gov

NYCHA ANNOUNCES NEW SAFETY AND SECURITY UPGRADES AT MANHATTAN DEVELOPMENTS

More than 6,000 public housing residents will benefit from upgrades that include new facades, exterior LED lighting, and CCTV cameras at seven developments.

NEW YORK – The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced today that seven developments across Manhattan will receive $13 million in safety and security upgrades thanks to a new grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC).

As part of the new upgrades, residents will see new facades, exterior LED lighting, and closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance systems at seven developments. The improvements include:

  • Façade and masonry enhancements at 45 Allen Street ($1 million) and Baruch Addition Houses ($2.6 million);
  • Exterior LED lighting upgrades at Vladeck ($2.4 million) and Vladeck II Houses ($2.4 million), Seward Park Extension ($700,000), and Hernandez Houses ($340,000); and
  • CCTV camera surveillance system and exterior LED lighting installation at Gompers Houses ($2.5 million).

“NYCHA is pleased to bring these all-important safety and security upgrades to thousands of our residents in Manhattan,” said NYCHA Executive Vice President for Capital Projects Deborah Goddard. “NYCHA faces a $32 billion repair need, and these new enhancements would not be possible without the generous support from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. The façade improvements, new exterior LED lighting, and CCTV cameras will help address our residents’ concerns for safety and security in and around their homes, serving our goal of creating safe communities for all NYCHA households.”

The masonry and façade work will address ongoing safety concerns from residents. Exterior LED lighting and CCTV cameras will also be installed to address residents’ overall quality of life, deter crime, and improve safety at these developments for all residents.

These new upgrades, already completed at 45 Allen Street and Gompers Houses, are made possible by a $12,680,000 grant from LMDC. The grant is funded through Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

LMDC has also funded $41.2 million toward four other Lower Manhattan affordable housing programs. LMDC works with its partners in the public and private sectors to coordinate long-term planning for the World Trade Center site and surrounding communities, while pursuing short-term initiatives to improve the quality of life in Lower Manhattan during the revitalization effort.  


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About the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
NYCHA’s mission is to increase opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services. Almost 400,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA’s 325 public housing developments around the five boroughs, and another 235,000 receive subsidized rental assistance in private homes through the NYCHA-administered Section 8 Leased Housing Program. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/nycha, and for regular updates on NYCHA news and services, connect with us via www.facebook.com/NYCHA and www.twitter.com/NYCHA.