On January 21, the Authority released its NextGeneration NYCHA 4th Quarter 2015 Report, citing progress made during the first eight months implementing the Authority’s 10-year strategic plan. The report focuses on the plan’s 15 strategies that will transform the way NYCHA does business to create safe, clean, and connected communities. “By changing how NYCHA is funded, operates, (re)builds, and engages with our residents, the Authority will overcome the challenges of declining government funding and aging infrastructure,” Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye stated in the report.
At the time of the plan’s announcement, NYCHA had $17 billion in major repair needs across its public housing portfolio. In addition, the average repair times throughout the portfolio exceeded 20 days at OPMOM developments. The Authority has made significant progress in these areas and has introduced innovative technologies and new work practices that will further improve service to residents.
At the Executive Board Meeting held on January 27, Chair Olatoye presented a summary of progress that highlighted 10 accomplishments (see box). “At our release of our NextGen initiative last May, we publicly made a commitment for quarterly reports on progress on our 15 strategies to show how we’re doing and where there is room for improvement,” Chair Olatoye recalled.
“While we have made an auspicious beginning, there are many challenges ahead,” she later noted. “Change is never easy, but with the help of dedicated employees, along with residents and our many partners, we will secure the future of public housing for future generations of New Yorkers.”
The first NextGen quarterly report is available to view here or at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/ nycha/about/nextgen-nycha. page.