Internal NYCHA Audit Exposes Vacant Apartment Problems

Internal auditors of the New York City Housing Authority have revealed that 319 of NYCHA’s vacant apartments have been vacant for an average of seven years, with some sitting empty for as long as two decades, because the agency can’t afford to make repairs. With nearly 179,000 public housing apartments, NYCHA plays a key role in preserving the affordable housing the city already has. Although NYCHA has reduced the number of unoccupied units in recent years, it still allows many units to stay empty for long periods, auditors found.

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