Public Housing Repairs Can’t Keep Pace With Need

October 25, 2010  |  

(New York Times) — Public housing is falling apart around the country, as federal money has been unable to keep up with the repair needs of buildings more than half a century old.  Over the last 15 years, 150,000 of the nation’s public housing units have been lost, officials said, as agencies have sold or torn down decrepit properties. An additional 5,700 units are pending removal from federal public housing programs.  In New York City, which has a three-year backlog of repair requests, the effects can be seen in places like Aixa Torres’s apartment on the Lower East Side.

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