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Under New Election Rules, 20% of Households Could Determine Fate of NYCHA Developments

Ballots from one in five lease-holders are all it will take to complete a permanent, binding vote on the future funding and management of New York City Housing Authority developments, according to election rules issued by the public housing agency.

Following decades of disinvestment in New York City’s public housing stock, the heads of household in 25,000 NYCHA apartments will soon have an opportunity to choose how to best raise capital and complete repairs in their individual complexes: by turning a development over to private management, by entering into a newly-created form of public ownership or by maintaining the current public housing model.

For those elections to be considered valid, at least 20 percent of heads of household named on leases must cast a ballot, the rules state
what critics say is far too low to represent meaningful participation.

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