Bronx River Addition Houses, located in the Soundview neighborhood, consists of two senior buildings, including one where residents had to be temporarily relocated due to poor conditions. Tenants will be asked this spring to choose whether they want to remain in Section 9 or convert to one of two newer funding models.

Preservation Trust signing

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Mayor Eric Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul at the signing of legislation to create the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Preservation Trust in June.

A group of seniors from the Bronx will be the next public housing tenants to potentially join the Preservation Trust, a new funding model, the New York City Housing Authority and Mayor Eric Adams’ office announced Monday.

Bronx River Addition Houses, located in the Soundview neighborhood, consists of two senior buildings where 146 residents currently live across 133 households. Another 60 residents in 57 households are living off-site, after being relocated due to poor conditions in one of the buildings.

Tenants will be asked to vote on whether they would like to stay in the traditional public housing model, known as Section 9, or opt into one of two alternative plans. Relocated tenants will be able to participate, according to NYCHA. A neighboring complex, Bronx River Houses, consists of nine buildings, but residents there will not participate in the upcoming vote.

Earlier this year, NYCHA announced a need of $78.3 billion over the next 20 years to repair its developments across the city. The housing authority has introduced two funding models to help shave away at the mounting cost.

Under the Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program, a private developer manages the selected property. The Public Housing Preservation Trust initiative, which has yet to be tested, issues bonds and keeps NYCHA staff on site. Both efforts convert apartments from the traditional Section 9 public housing program to another federal housing subsidy, Section 8.

A 100-day engagement period is set for early 2024 for residents to learn more about the options on the ballot, and the vote will take place between March 13 and April 11.

The announcement comes days before NYCHA’s first three-way voting process concludes at Nostrand Houses in Brooklyn, where the mayor estimated $600 million in capital repair needs over 20 years.

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For the Bronx River Addition Houses, NYCHA has projected a need of $66 million.

NYCHA Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Preservation Trust board, Lisa Bova-Hiatt, called the upcoming vote an “important and groundbreaking process.”

“Every day, we see the impacts that decades of federal disinvestment have had on public housing developments across the portfolio,” she said in a statement. “We are pleased that, through this voting process, residents will be able to decide how to address the vast and growing needs of their buildings.”

Norma Saunders, the tenant association president of Bronx River Houses and Bronx River Addition, told City Limits Monday that the two senior buildings are in dire need of repair, requiring the relocation of dozens of tenants.

“One of the senior buildings was closed because of negligence,” she said, explaining that steam in one of the Addition’s buildings burst through walls during the winter months of 2021. She and her son would frequently receive calls when this happened and would mop the wet floors.

“Out of seven days a week, we were there three to four days,” Saunders said. Some relocated tenants stayed within the campus while others were moved to NYCHA campuses across the city, she said.

Saunders’ hope is that the senior residents who had to temporarily move will be back in a more permanent and stable condition. “I just want my seniors back in their homes,” she said. “They want to retire and have the best quality of life.”