NYCHA: Capital Planning for Public Housing in New York City

New York City is home to the largest public housing authority in North America, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Following the release of findings from the 2017 NYCHA Physical Needs Assessment (PNA) program, a number of articles have cited NYCHA’s failures as owner and manager of public housing properties and physical assets. NYCHA faces great challenges managing approximately 176,000 apartments in nearly 2,400 buildings with the average age of these buildings being 62 years. This paper seeks to define a pathway to improve capital planning effectiveness and optimize resource allocation to promote better operations and facility management activities. The primary goal being to drive a discourse toward strategies that might bring about effective change through broader financial and asset management platforms with an eye on modernizing NYCHA’s portfolio to meet the next generation of New York City’s public housing needs.

The strategies presented within this program leverage data from the 2017 PNA to generate a range of approaches that might better serve residents by improving living conditions and by lowering operational costs and long-term capital expenditures. Various capital improvement programs (CIP) are proposed and defined such that the remaining useful life of properties, buildings, systems, and asset components are balanced according to the needs identified within the 2017 PNA. Threshold triggers are suggested to prioritize one type of CIP over another.

New York City, NY, USA

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)

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