NEW YORK (CITY&STATE) – Responding to a surge in gun violence at New York City Housing Authority developments, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would be investing $210.5 million into public housing, with a heavy focus on improving public safety.
The mayor prefaced his statement on the new funding by noting the city is simply picking up the slack from the federal government, which has steadily decreased the amount of money it allocates for public housing.
“We’ve suffered from decades now of federal disinvestment in affordable housing, and particularly in public housing,” de Blasio said. “But that means that for all of us here in New York City, we have to redouble our efforts to support the residents of NYCHA, to make sure despite federal neglect that we’re doing the best we can to shore up and strengthen the housing authority.”
The announcement was made at the Wagner Houses in East Harlem, where de Blasio was joined by NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye, as well as NYPD Assistant Chief Carlos Gomez, the head of the police department’s Housing Bureau, and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.