Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a 30-day budget amendment will be advanced to provide employment opportunities to NYCHA residents. The Governor has provided an unprecedented level of State funding for NYCHA, and the amendment requires that NYCHA make every effort possible to include residents of its community on $550 million in State-funded projects.
"New York State has made already historic investments in NYCHA to improve living conditions and provide a safe, clean and accessible place to call home for thousands of residents, but more needs to be done," Governor Cuomo said. "By creating more employment opportunities for NYCHA residents, we are helping them to gain financial independence and support their families, and in turn building stronger, more successful communities."
Danny Barber, Chair of the Citywide Council of Presidents of NYCHA, said, "NYCHA residents are some of our state's most vulnerable residents, and it's critical that they not only have access to safe and decent housing, but sustainable opportunities to gain their financial independence. I applaud the Governor's proposal to provide more job opportunities as promised to the Citywide Council of Presidents for state-funded projects. This proposal will pay dividends in uplifting our families and creating stronger neighborhoods. We're pleased with the first steps and moving forward to additional conversation to build more sustainable resources for the residents of Public Housing."
The new measure will make clear that in the using of state funds that employment opportunities to NYCHA residents will be made to the fullest extent possible.
The measure applies to $450 million for elevators and boilers that NYCHA is currently moving forward with following the approval of its project plan by the Federal Monitor in November. It also applies to an additional $100 million that was made available as part of a capital appropriation for NYCHA enacted in June. In total, the Governor has provided $650 million for NYCHA, with the first $100 million already delivered for projects designed to improve security and quality of life.