The Real Deal New York

Many public housing tenants are hoarding apartments: housing authority

February 28, 2012 11:00AM

At least 55,000 tenants in New York City housing are in apartments too large for their family size, the New York Post reported.

And of those, not many are amenable to being relocated, the paper said. Meanwhile, 160,000 people are on the waiting list for city housing, and an unknown large number of families are crammed into apartments too small for their families but are not counted as being on the waitlist. Around 25,000 single tenants are currently occupying two-bedroom apartments, and many of them are seniors who are especially reluctant to move, the paper said.

New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea told the Post his agency must act, as it stands to lose federal funding if the violations continue. He also said the issue was “not aggressively handled” by prior administrations. [Post]