NYC to pay $1.2B to settle alleged federal housing violations under consent decree

|By:, SA News Editor

U.S. files a proposed consent decree, in which New York City and the New York City Housing Authority will pay an additional $1.2B over the next five years.

The proposed consent decree provides that the city pay an additional $200M per year after the initial five years until conditions identified in the complaint are addressed. A federal monitor will be appointed to oversee reform at NYCHA.

The complaint--filed by the U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Principal Deputy Inspector General, and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York--alleges that NYCHA violated and continues to violate basic federal health and safety regulations, including those requiring NYCHA to protect children from lead paint and otherwise provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing.

The complaint also alleges the NYCHA to HUD and the public and intentionally deceived HUD inspectors.

Along with other federal, state, and city funding, there will be about $4B available for capital improvements for the first four years, the statement from the federal agencies said.

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