general, public housing refers housing units constructed and managed by government
for low-income households. The first comprehensive federal public housing
program was enacted by Congress in 1937, in which local housing authorities
were created to develop and administer the program.
New York City, public housing developments are managed by the New York City
Housing Authority (NYCHA), most of which are funded in large part by the
federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Authority
currently manages and maintains 346 public housing developments with 181,000
units housing nearly 535,000 residents including an estimated 105,000 persons
living doubled up. The Authority manages new construction and rehabilitation
of public housing buildings and units.
and domestic violence victims are a high priority group. Social services
are available in an number of the developments.
information on eligibility for public housing, and how to apply, contact:
NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10007
To contact Dial 311 and ask for NYCHA
on public housing can is also available on their website.
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