Number of NYC public housing tenants behind on payments rises 50 percent

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More New York City residents in low-income housing owe back rent, with one in 10 residents in public housing at least a month behind in their rental payments, according to the New York Times. Roughly 12 percent of all public housing residents were behind on rent as of Aug. 31, according to the New York City Housing Authority, marking an almost 50 percent rise from the number of delinquent renters a year ago. Queens appears to be most in trouble, the data shows. The borough has seen a 70 percent climb in the number of public housing renters who are behind in their payments. [NYT]