The Center for Economic Opportunity was the high-profile heart of an anti-poverty push that earned Mayor Bloomberg many plaudits and some flak. The initiative lives on under his successor.
CITIZENS HOUSING & PLANNING COUNCIL STUDY FINDS SIGNIFICANT QUALITY-OF-LIFE IMPROVEMENTS IN NYCHA PILOT PROJECT TRANSITIONING SIX SECTION 8 BUILDINGS TO PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
NEW YORK, NY– Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) today released an interim study examining an innovative New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) pilot program that transferred management of six Section 8 properties to a new public-private partnership, Triborough Preservation Partners, making new capital funds available for repairs and introducing new property management. The report provides progress on the work, including the collection of quantitative data on building performance and management, interviews with the property management staff, and a survey of residents. “The injection of financial resources has been a game-changer for the families living in these buildings,” said Jessica Katz, Executive Director of CHPC, an independent nonprofit research and education civic organization focused on housing in the city since 1937. “In designing this innovative program, NYCHA identified new partners and new resources to improve quality of life for residents.”
This study – which is available here– evaluated the impact of the changes at the six sites over the 12-month period prior to the renovations and transfer to Triborough management (January-December 2014) and a 12-month period after transfer of management, while construction work was ongoing (January-December 2016). Pilot program participants were: BronxchesterHouses, 510 East 156thSt., Bronx; Saratoga Square, 55 Saratoga Ave., Brooklyn; and Milbank-Frawley, 1780 Madison Ave.; East 120th St., 438 East 120th St.; Campos Plaza I, 635 East 12thSt.; East 4thSt.
Fund for the City of New York Presents Sloan Public Service Award and $10,000 Prizes to Individuals Who Have Improved Life in New York City
(New York, NY)– Their work has helped improve health outcomes in the Bronx; ensured individuals can access needed government benefits; given psychiatric patients the opportunity to lead more productive lives; supported New Yorkers with limited resources living with HIV/AIDS; grown millions of native plants for restoration and conservation in our parks; and ensured our city’s contracting process is fair, efficient and responsive. Now, these six outstanding public servants, who have contributed close to 170 years of service to the City – and people – of New York, will be honored on June 7, 2018 with the Fund for the City of New York’s (FCNY) 45th annualSloan Public Service Awards. Regarded as the Nobel Prize of city government, the Sloan Public Service Awards are presented annually by the Fund for the City of New York to civil servants from all levels and ranks of city government. The winners were selected for their exemplary job performance and tireless dedication to the public. Each will receive a $10,000 cash prize. This year’s award recipients will be honored throughout the day at their individual workplaces, and at an awards presentation ceremony held at The Great Hall at Cooper Union.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise victory over Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent who leads the Queens Democratic party and was considered a possible candidate for House Speaker, was the biggest news on federal primary night.