"Public housing that works is a legacy that New York would be foolish to squander," argues Nicholas Dagen Bloom, author of Public Housing That Worked: New York in the Twentieth Century, in a commentary for Gotham Gazette. Below are some interesting facts that Bloom sites in his call to preserve New York City’s public housing system:
The New York City Housing Authority . . . .manages 178,000 public housing apartments for over 400,000 low-income tenants. Forty-five percent of NYCHA tenants are working families and only about
15 percent of families depend on welfare. The remaining 40 percent are
seniors, veterans or the disabled.