New York City Housing Authority

New York City Housing Authority
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
Agency overview
Jurisdiction New York City
Headquarters 250 Broadway New York, New York
Agency executive John Rhea, Chairman
Parent agency New York City

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) provides public housing for low- and moderate-income residents throughout the five boroughs of New York City. NYCHA also administers a citywide Section 8 Leased Housing Program in rental apartments. Many of its facilities are known popularly as "projects," or "developments"; with the concentration of low-income families, many have become associated with poverty and crime. As a security measure, these premises are patrolled by the NYPD Housing Bureau. A total of 9 "PSA's," or Police Service Areas, patrol each borough except Staten Island, which has a separate unit from the Housing Bureau command, known as the "SIHU" or Staten Island Housing Unit.

NYCHA was created in 1934. At the end of 1935, NYCHA dedicated its first development, called First Houses, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The Authority boomed in partnership with Robert Moses after World War II as a part of Moses' plan to clear old tenements and remake New York as a modern city. Moses indicated later in life that he was disappointed at how the public housing system fell into decline and disrepair. Originally intended for working families, the projects increasingly became occupied by low-income families, many of whom had no working adult. The majority of NYCHA developments were built between 1945 and 1965. Unlike most cities, New York depended heavily on city and state funds to build its housing, rather than just the federal government. Most of the postwar developments had over 1000 apartment units each, and most were built in the modernist, tower-in-the-park style popular at the time.

The Authority is the largest public housing authority (PHA) in North America. In spite of many problems, it is still considered by experts to be the most successful big-city public housing authority in the country. Whereas most large public housing authorities in the United States (Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, etc.) have demolished their high-rise projects and in most cases replaced them with lower scale housing, New York's continue to be fully occupied. Most of its market-rate housing is also in high-rise buildings. New York also maintains a long waiting list for its apartments. Because of demand, the Housing Authority in recent years, has selected more "working families" from applicants to diversify the income structure of occupants of its housing, as had been typical of residents who first occupied the facilities. NYCHA's Conventional Public Housing Program has 181,581 apartments (as of July 20, 2005) in 345 developments throughout the city.

NYCHA has approximately 13,000 employees serving about 175,116 families and approximately 417,328 authorized residents. Based upon the 2000 Census, NYCHA's Public Housing represents 8.6% of the city's rental apartments and is home to 5.2% of the city’s population. NYCHA residents and Section 8 voucher holders combined occupy 12.7% of the city's rental apartments.[citation needed] In mid-2007, NYCHA faced a $225 million budget shortfall.


Carver Houses
Amsterdam Houses, Upper West Side
Chelsea Elliot Houses
East River Houses
Rangel Houses
Washington Heights
The Morrisania Air Rights in the Melrose section of the Bronx
Grafftiti on a wall of the Monroe Houses in the Soundview section of the Bronx
The Millbrook Houses define the skyline of the Mott Haven section of Bronx


Bronx (Neighborhood/Police Precinct)

  • 1010 East 178th Street (West Farms/48): one building, 21-story, 218 apartments, completed March 31, 1971
  • 1162-1176 Washington Avenue (Morrisania/42): one building, 6-story, 64 apartments, completed December 31, 1975
  • 1471 Watson Avenue (Soundview/43): one building, 6-story, 96 apartments, completed December 31, 1970
  • Adams Houses (Melrose/40): seven buildings, 15 and 21-story, 925 apartments, completed August 31, 1964
  • Bailey Avenue-West 193rd Street (University Heights/52): one building, 19-story, 232 apartments, completed May 31, 1973
  • Baychester Houses: eleven buildings, 6-story, 441 apartments, completed May 31, 1963
  • Dr. Ramon E. Betances I (Mott Haven/40): thirteen buildings, 3, 4, 11 and 19-story, 308 apartments, completed May 31, 1973
  • Dr. Ramon E. Betances II, 13 (Mott Haven/40): one building, 6-story, 51 apartments, completed July 31, 1973
  • Dr. Ramon E. Betances II, 18 (Mott Haven/40): two buildings, 4 and 6-story, 78 apartments, completed July 31, 1973
  • Dr. Ramon E. Betances II, 9A (Mott Haven/40): one building, 4-story, 46 apartments, completed July 31, 1973
  • Dr. Ramon E. Betances III, 13 (Mott Haven/40): two buildings, 5-story, 22 apartments, completed July 31, 1973
  • Dr. Ramon E. Betances III, 18 (Mott Haven/40): one building, 5-story, 19 apartments, completed July 31, 1973
  • Dr. Ramon E. Betances III, 9A (Mott Haven/40): two buildings, 6-story, 26 apartments, completed July 31, 1973
  • Dr. Ramon E. Betances IV (Mott Haven/40): eight buildings, 3, 4, and 5-story, 282 apartments, completed December 31, 1973
  • Dr. Ramon E. Betances V (Mott Haven/40)
  • Dr. Ramon E. Betances VI (Mott Haven/40)
  • Baychester Houses
  • Boston Road Plaza Houses (Bronxdale/49)
  • Boston Secor Houses
  • Boynton Avenue Rehabs (Soundview/43)
  • Bronx River Houses (Soundview/43)
  • Bronx River Addition (Soundview/43)
  • Bronxchester Houses (Melrose/40)
  • Bronxdale Houses (Soundview/43)
  • Bryant Avenue-East 174th Street (East Morrisania/42)
  • Butler Houses (Morrisania/42)
  • Castle Hill Houses (Castle Hill/43)
  • Claremont Parkway-Franklin Avenue Area (Morrisania/42)
  • Claremont Rehab (Group 2) (Concourse/44)
  • Claremont Rehab (Group 3) (Concourse/44)
  • Claremont Rehab (Group 4) (Concourse/44)
  • Claremont Rehab (Group 5) (Concourse/44)
  • Classon Point Gardens (Soundview/43)
  • College Avenue-East 165th Street (Concourse/44)
  • Davidson Houses (Morrisania/42)
  • Eagle Avenue-East 163rd Street (Morrisania/42)
  • East 152nd Street-Courtlandt Avenue (Melrose/40)
  • East 165th Street-Bryant Avenue (Longwood/41)
  • East 173rd Street-Vyse Avenue (East Morrisania/42)
  • East 180th Street-Monterey Avenue (East Tremont/48)
  • Eastchester Gardens
  • Edenwald Houses, the largest public housing complex in the Bronx.
  • Forest Houses (Morrisania/42)
  • Fort Independence Street-Heath Avenue (Kingsbridge Heights/50)
  • Franklin Avenue I (Conventional) (Morrisania/42)
  • Franklin Avenue I M.H.O.P. (Multi Family Homeownership Program) (Morrisania/42)
  • Franklin Avenue II (Conventional) (Morrisania/42)
  • Franklin Avenue III (Conventional) (Morrisania/42)
  • Franklin Avenue III M.H.O.P. (Multi Family Homeownership Program) (Morrisania/42)
  • Glebe Avenue-Westchester Avenue (Westchester Square/45)
  • Gun Hill Houses
  • Harrison Avenue Rehab (Group A) (Morris Heights/46)
  • Harrison Avenue Rehab (Group B) (Morris Heights/46)
  • Highbridge Gardens (Highbridge/44)
  • Highbridge Rehabs (West 166th Street-Anderson Avenue) (Highbridge/44)
  • Highbridge Rehabs (Nelson Avenue) (Highbridge/44)
  • Hoe Avenue-East 173rd Street (East Morrisania/42)
  • Jackson Houses (Melrose/40)
  • Jennings Street M.H.O.P. (Multi Family Homeownership Program) (Morrisania/42)
  • Longfellow Avenue Rehab (Longwood/41)
  • Macombs Road (Morris Heights/46)
  • Marble Hill Houses (Marble Hill/50)
  • McKinley Houses (Morrisania/42)
  • Melrose Houses (Melrose/40)
  • Middleton Plaza
  • Millbrook Houses (Mott Haven/40)
  • Millbrook Extension (Mott Haven/40)
  • Mitchell Houses (Mott Haven/40)
  • Monroe Houses (Soundview/43)
  • Moore Houses (Mott Haven/40)
  • Morris Heights Rehab (Morris Heights/46)
  • Morris I (Morrisania/42)
  • Morris II (Morrisania/42)
  • Morrisania Air Rights (Melrose/40)
  • Morrisania Houses (Morrisania/42)
  • Mott Haven Houses (Mott Haven/40)
  • Murphy Houses (East Morrisania/42)
  • Parkside Houses
  • Patterson Houses (Mott Haven/40)
  • Pelham Parkway Houses (Pelham Parkway/49)
  • Prospect Avenue M.H.O.P. (Multi Family Homeownership Program) (East Morrisania/42)
  • PSS Grandparent Family Apartments (Morrisania/42)
  • Randall-Balcom Houses (Throgs Neck/45)
  • Sack Wern Houses (Soundview/43)
  • Saint Mary's Park Houses (Melrose/40)
  • Sedgwick Houses (Morris Heights/46)
  • Soundview Houses (Soundview/43)
  • South Bronx Area (Site 402) (Melrose/40)
  • Southern Boulevard M.H.O.P. (Multi Family Homeownership Program) (Mott Haven/40)
  • Stebbins Avenue-Hewitt Place (Longwood/41)
  • Teller Avenue-East 166th Street (Concourse/44)
  • Throggs Neck Houses (Throgs Neck/45)
  • Throggs Neck Addition (Throgs Neck/45)
  • Twin Park East (Site 9) Houses (East Tremont/48)
  • Twin Park West (Site 1 and 2) Houses (Tremont/46)
  • Union Avenue-East 163rd Street (Morrisania/42)
  • Union Avenue-East 166th Street (Morrisania/42)
  • University Avenue Rehab (Morris Heights/46)
  • Webster Houses (Morrisania/42)
  • West Farms Square Rehab (East Morrisania/42)
  • West Farms Square (Conventional) (East Morrisania/42)
  • West Farms Square M.H.O.P. (Multi Family Homeownership Program) (East Morrisania/42)
  • West Tremont Avenue-Sedgwick Avenue Area (Morris Heights/46)
  • West Tremont Rehab (Group 1) (Morris Heights/46)
  • West Tremont Rehab (Group 2) (Morris Heights/46)
  • West Tremont Rehab (Group 3) (Morris Heights/46)
Coney Island Houses
Cooper Park Houses
Ingersoll Houses, Ft Greene
Lafayette Houses
Marlboro Houses, Gravesend
Dusk in Sheepshead Houses
NYCHA, Sheepshead Houses
NYCHA houses in Canarsie
Unity Tower, Coney Island
The Queensbridge Houses
Police investigate the murder of rapper Stack Bundles in the Redfern Houses of Far Rockaway


  • 104-14 Tapscott Street
  • 303 Vernon Avenue
  • 572 Warren Street
  • Albany Houses
  • Armstrong Houses
  • Atlantic Terminal Site 4B The tallest residential property owned by NYCHA, reaching 31 stories.
  • Bayview Houses
  • Bernard Haber Houses
  • Berry Street-South 9th Street
  • Borinquen Plaza Houses
  • Boulevard Houses
  • Breukelen Houses
  • Brevoort Houses[1]
  • Brown Houses
  • Brownsville Houses
  • Bushwick-Hylan Houses
  • Bushwick II & Bushwick CDA
  • Carey Gardens
  • Crown Heights Houses
  • Coney Island Houses
  • Cooper Park Houses
  • Cypress Hills Houses
  • Farragut Houses
  • Fenimore Houses
  • Fiorentino Plaza
  • Glenmore Plaza
  • Glenwood Houses
  • Gowanus Houses
  • Gravesend Houses
  • Hope Gardens
  • Howard Houses
  • Howard Av. Houses
  • Howard Av.-Park Place
  • Hughes Houses
  • Independence Towers
  • Ingersoll Houses
  • Johnathan Williams Plaza
  • Kingsborough Houses-Kingsborough Extension
  • Lafayette Gardens
  • Langston Hughes Apartments
  • Lenox Road-Rockaway Parkway
  • Linden Houses
  • Long Island Baptist Houses
  • Louis Heaton Pink Houses
  • Marcus Garvey Houses
  • Marcy Houses
  • Marcy-Greene Avs. Houses
  • Marlboro Houses
  • Nostrand Houses
  • O'Dwyer Gardens Houses
  • Ocean Hill Apartments
  • Ocean Hill-Brownsville
  • Palmetto Gardens
  • Penn. Av. Rehab.
  • Penn.-Wortman Avs. Houses
  • Park Rock Rehab.
  • Prospect Plaza
  • Ralph Av. Rehab.
  • Red Hook East/West Houses, Red Hook; the location of the 1991 film, Straight Out of Brooklyn
  • Roosevelt Houses
  • Rutland Towers
  • Saratoga Square
  • Seth Low Houses
  • Sheepshead Bay Houses
  • Sumner Houses
  • Surfside Gardens
  • Tilden Houses
  • Tompkins Houses
  • Taylor/Wythe Houses
  • Unity Plaza
  • Van Dyke Houses, Brownsville; the location of the 2010 film, Brooklyn's Finest
  • Vandalia Av. Houses
  • Vernon Houses
  • Walt Whitman Houses
  • Weeksville Gardens
  • William Reid Houses
  • Williamsburg Houses
  • Wyckoff Gardens


  • Astoria Houses (Astoria/114)
  • Baisley Park Gardens (South Jamaica)
  • Baisley Park Houses (South Jamaica/113)
  • Beach 41st Street-Beach Channel Drive Houses (Far Rockaway/101)
  • Bland Houses (Flushing/109)
  • Carleton Manor (Arverne/101)
  • Conlon L.I.H.F.E. Towers (Jamaica/103)
  • Forest Hills Co-op Houses
  • Hammel Houses (Rockaway Beach/101)
  • International Tower (South Jamaica/103)
  • Latimer Gardens (Flushing/109)
  • Leavitt Street-34th Avenue (Flushing/109)
  • Ocean Bay Apartments (Bayside) Formerly known as Edgemere Houses (Far Rockaway/101)
  • Ocean Bay Apartments (Oceanside) Formerly known as Arverne Houses (Far Rockaway/101)
  • Pomonok Houses(Flushing/112)
  • Queensbridge North/South Houses, the largest public housing complex in the United States. The oldest Public Housing development in Queens. (Long Island City/114)
  • Ravenswood Houses (Long Island City/114)
  • Redfern Houses (Far Rockaway/101)
  • Shelton Houses (South Jamaica/103)
  • South Jamaica I Houses (South Jamaica/103)
  • South Jamaica II Houses (South Jamaica/103)
  • Woodside Houses (Woodside/114)

Staten Island

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Fun Facts

  • Staten Island has 10 developments with 4,431 apartments
  • Queens has 26 developments with 17,500 apartments
  • The Bronx has 98 developments with 44,179 apartments
  • Brooklyn has 100 developments with 58,334 apartments
  • Manhattan has 103 developments with 53,830 apartments
  • The Brownsville section of Brooklyn now has the highest concentration of low income public housing in America, following the demolition of a huge 5-mile long tract of public housing stretching along State and Federal on Chicago's South Side. While pre-Plan For Transformation Chicago Housing Authority high-rise developments tended to be much larger and more concentrated than those of the NYCHA, the NYCHA operates several times as many apartments and houses three times as many residents.
  • The Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, Queens, is now North America's largest housing project with 3,142 apartments, following the demolition of several larger Chicago housing projects, including the Cabrini–Green Homes and the Robert Taylor Homes (whose 4,321 three, four and five bedroom apartments once made it the largest public housing project in the world).[2]
  • The Bronx's largest development is Edenwald Houses in Edenwald with 2,036 apartments.
  • Brooklyn's largest development is Red Hook Houses in Red Hook with 2,878 apartments.
  • Manhattan's largest development is Baruch Houses on the Lower East Side with 2,391 apartments
  • Staten Island's largest development is Stapleton Houses with 693 apartments.
  • 6 developments consisting of FHA Acquired Homes are located in more than one borough and total 192 apartments
  • 42 developments are for seniors only; 15 seniors-only buildings exist within mixed-population developments
  • NYCHA has more than 10,000 apartments designated for seniors only
  • There also are 7,639 retrofitted apartments for families of persons who are mobility impaired as of September 30, 2007
  • As of October 1, 2007: Two developments are at least 70 years old; a total of 13 developments are at least 60 years old; there are 62 developments 50 to 59 years old; another 76 developments are 40 to 49 years old, and 95 developments are 30 to 39 years old.

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ NYCHA Brevoort
  2. ^ Barry, Dan. "Don't Tell Him the Projects Are Hopeless", The New York Times, March 12, 2005. Accessed July 16, 2008. "UP, up, up it rises, this elevator redolent of urine, groaning toward the rooftop of another tired building in the Queensbridge public housing development, the largest in Queens, in New York, in North America."

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