PACT program on track to deliver $7.2 billion in NYC building upgrades

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New York Construction Report staff writer

New York City Mayor Eric Adams this week announced that 36,103 apartments, across 137 NYCHA developments, have been renovated, are under construction, or are in the community planning and design process under NYCHA’s Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT).

Renovations address $7.2 billion in capital needs through building upgrades. In 2022, the PACT program drove $2 billion in large-scale improvements for NYCHA residents in 8,531 apartments across 17 developments.

“We have been clear since day one of this administration that NYCHA residents deserve the same quality of life as every New Yorker, and, in 2022, we delivered results,” said Mayor Eric Adams. “Thanks to the PACT program, more than 76,000 New Yorkers will have safe, high-quality, affordable homes with all the tenant protections of public housing.

“As we continue to take major steps forward on the Public Housing Preservation Trust, we are giving residents a real menu of options to deliver much-needed repairs while always ensuring residents are at the center of the process.”

Through PACT, 22 NYCHA developments have been revitalized, and 36 more are in the process of being renovated. An additional 79 developments are in pre-development. The city has committed an additional $1.5 billion in capital funding for fiscal years 2023-2026 and a breakdown of NYCHA’s PACT projects citywide is available online.

2022 achievements include:

The PACT program is the result of New York City’s implementation of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which has spurred construction investment at public housing authorities nationwide. It’s designed to ensure that the homes of NYCHA residents are permanently affordable by maintaining public control of converted developments.

“I’m looking forward to Edenwald’s rehabilitation through the PACT program,” said Walter McNeill, president, Edenwald Houses Tenant Association. “In addition to the major repairs that will be coming to our development through this program, we’re looking forward to the reopening of our senior center, which has been closed for several years.

“We’re also looking forward to the reopening of our laundry rooms, continuing with the resident watch program, and increasing the capacity of our compactor yard.”

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