New York City Housing Authority Receives Green Light for Implementation of Transformation Plan

Date Published: 
March 10th, 2021

From the New York City Housing Authority’s press release: 

[On March 10, 2021] NYCHA released its unconstrained Transformation Plan, a vision for significant yet sustainable change to NYCHA’s governance and leadership structure, property management systems, and central support functions. The Transformation Plan was conceived as part of the 2019 HUD Agreement and includes a set of strategies that will improve the resident experience and set the agency on a path to a stronger future. The release of the Transformation Plan marks the beginning of this multi-year process. In partnership with residents and stakeholders, NYCHA now will turn to the challenging task of reviewing, testing, and implementing these structural and process changes in a resource-constrained environment. 

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) have concurred on the Plan. NYCHA, HUD, SDNY, Monitor, residents, and other stakeholders will now focus on analysis and implementation efforts. This includes evaluating the costs and benefits of each possible change and beginning to make difficult choices that are necessary to better serve residents. These results, based on modelling and analysis, will be submitted in an Implementation Plan as a supplement to the Transformation Plan. The first part of the Implementation Plan is due by the end of September 2021. The second part is due at the end of June 2022. Together, the Transformation Plan and the Implementation Plan will result in the Organizational Plan required in the HUD Agreement. 

 “NYCHA’s Transformation Plan, along with the critical work we are doing to address key issues detailed in the 2019 Agreement, is central to the dramatic reforms we are making at the Authority,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Greg Russ. “We are aware of the many constraints we face, but with this plan we have the management structure and operations model to forge a strong path forward. Thank you to HUD and SDNY, and federal monitor Bart Schwartz for their assistance in getting NYCHA to this important milestone.” 

This Transformation Plan is a part of NYCHA’s innovative Blueprint for Change, a comprehensive set of ideas to transform the Authority, which also includes a Stabilization Strategy to access capital funding for 110,000 units. 

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