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Report: NYC Public Housing Falls Short

Report: NYC Public Housing Falls Short
Strengthening New York City's Public Housing: Directions for Change

The number of reports of multiple deficiencies in New York City's public housing units nearly doubled between 2008 and 2011 from 19 percent to 11 percent.

A report by the advocacy group Community Service Society says that compares to about 13 percent in private buildings.

The Wall Street Journal says the percentage of low-income households in both public and private rentals that reported four or more deficiencies hovered at 10-12 percent from 2002 to 2008.

More than a third of public-housing tenants reported heating, leaks or major repairs as serious problems. Seventeen percent of low-income private rental resident had the same complaints.

The New York City Housing Authority says since the 2011 census, it reduced the repair backlog from 420,000 to 80,000.  It says it's open to the report's recommendations.