Press Release


The Authority plans to convert 62,000 apartments to Section 8 in 10 years through public-private partnerships focused on the greater community.

NEW YORK – Today, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced the release of two complementary requests for qualifications (RFQ) to solicit prospective development partners. The RFQs support the Authority’s aim to undertake the most aggressive Section 8 conversion program in the country through NYCHA’s Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) initiative. The RFQs enable NYCHA to streamline the PACT procurement process by creating pre-qualified lists of small-scale and large-scale developers, property managers, general contractors, and social service providers to partner on forthcoming conversions.

Announced last year, NYCHA has increased its PACT pipeline from 20,000 units to 62,000 units over 10 years. To achieve this goal, NYCHA is looking to partner with traditional large-scale development teams as well as local non-profits and M/W/SBE partners with roots in their respective communities.

“Our goal of renovating 62,000 apartments requires the skills and expertise of both large and small development teams,” said NYCHA Interim Chair and CEO Kathryn Garcia. “Over the next 10 years, the Authority is laser focused on preserving affordable housing for generations. These requests for qualifications ensure we are getting the most talented partners to deliver on our goal.”

There are many quality developers, property management companies, general contractors, and social service providers that can become PACT partners, and NYCHA seeks to leverage their breadth and depth of experience to bring transformational change to our residents. Prospective non-profit and for-profit partners should apply to the appropriate RFQ based on the following threshold requirements:

Following the release of the RFQs, the Authority will make its pre-qualified lists of partners public in order to facilitate the creation of comprehensive development teams. The RFQs will be followed by smaller, streamlined solicitations for specific bundles of NYCHA developments. The Authority expects to release the first such solicitation in June 2019, with subsequent solicitation releases occurring on a quarterly basis. As such, NYCHA expects to release a total of three project solicitations this year.

As part of NYCHA 2.0, a 10-year plan to ensure quality housing for all NYCHA residents, the Authority will address $24 billion in vital repairs in New York City’s aging public housing and ensure residents have safe, decent, and affordable homes. A critical part of NYCHA 2.0, PACT is the umbrella name for three tools that enable NYCHA to comprehensively renovate public housing apartments. Under PACT, NYCHA creates public-private partnerships and converts developments from Section 9 public housing funding (and, in some cases, an “unfunded” status) to stable, project-based Section 8 funding. In doing so, PACT enables NYCHA and its development partners to make full repairs to developments while preserving long-term affordability and maintaining equivalent resident rights through statutory and contractual requirements. To guarantee public control and stewardship, NYCHA retains public ownership of the land and buildings, as well as control over affordability requirements and resident protections, and administers the Section 8 funding contract with HUD. 

All responses are due by 2p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019. Applicants will be notified on May 31, 2019, if they meet the thresholds to be added to a pre-qualified list. The lists of pre-qualified partners will be made available to the public on June 7, 2019. To view and respond to the RFQs, interested parties should download the RFQ from NYCHA’s PACT website and register for NYCHA’s iSupplier system. The RFQs are listed on the NYCHA Procurement Opportunities website under Negotiation Number #68293 and the name “PACT Request for Qualifications for Small-Scale Partners” and #68292 and the name “PACT Request for Qualifications for Large-Scale Partners.”

This RFQ will be re-released in the first quarter of each calendar year to allow existing pre-qualified partners to update their information and for new applicants to submit their qualification packages.

“PACT demonstrates how an effective public-private partnership can help NYCHA carry out desperately needed upgrades and provide quality, safe and affordable housing for hardworking New York City residents,” said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Chair of the Assembly’s Housing Committee. “We need more qualified partners — both large and small — who possess the talent and vision to help preserve NYCHA housing stock for current and future generations.”

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. Over 390,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA’s 316 public housing developments and PACT/RAD developments formerly managed by NYCHA around the five boroughs. Over 190,000 receive subsidized rental assistance in private homes through the NYCHA-administered Section 8 Leased Housing Program. For more information, visit, and for regular updates on NYCHA news and services, connect with us via and