In these final workshops, participants will streamline and finalize the community-led visioning plan to guide development at Wyckoff Gardens. This plan will be submitted to NYCHA and released to the public accompanied by a press release and conference.
Full Series Description
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest landlord in North America and the home of 400,000 tenants, is in a fiscal crisis. Not only does it have a $17 billion deficit in funds necessary to make repairs in its buildings, it has seen its funding streams decline with no end in sight. To generate an alternative source of revenue, NYCHA has proposed the leasing of public housing land stock to private developers for the construction of market-rate units along with the inclusion of a percentage of “affordable” units.
The Wyckoff Gardens housing development in Boerum Hill was one of the sites chosen for this proposal along with Holmes Towers in upper Manhattan. These neighborhoods would see their number of residents double in neighborhoods where basic services for current low-income tenants are becoming increasingly unaffordable.
This moment is truly a turning point in the history of NYCHA as a steward for low-income housing but also how public housing is financed. To educated and guide residents of Wyckoff Gardens during this process, FUREE in collaboration with Fifth Avenue Committee has organized a series of Resident Empowerment Workshops. One objective of these sessions is to inform residents of the various public policies and regulations that govern the preservation of public housing and the development of affordable housing. The second and most crucial objective of these sessions is the development of a community vision plan led by public housing residents of the Boerum Hill and Gowanus area to create a resident-led proposal for the preservation of public and affordable housing, as well as the economic viability of their community.
Our aim is to facilitate resident priorities in this process independent of NYCHA; to arm ourselves with vital information and to determine where/when are our greatest points of leverage to get what we need.
Topics to be discussed include understanding affordable housing, model options for financial stability, utilizing land use policies for community benefit as well as a range of other topics to ensure resident-led decision-making. Join us as we organize to preserve public housing and help NYCHA residents stand on the front lines of shaping their community.