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Only On 2: Hundreds Of NYCHA Apartments Undergoing Renovations To Change Stigma Of Affordable Housing

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Many public housing tenants have been plagued by rundown kitchens and bathrooms, mold, broken light fixtures, old flooring and peeling paint on ceilings and walls.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of New York City public housing apartments are getting a makeover.

It’s part of a public and private initiative to improve the image of affordable housing, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported Monday. READ MORE: Doormen Fired After 65-Year-Old Asian Woman Vilma Kari Attacked Outside Hell's Kitchen BuildingMany public housing tenants have been plagued by rundown kitchens and bathrooms, mold, broken light fixtures, old flooring and peeling paint on ceilings and walls.

But those living at Wise Towers, a NYCHA complex on the Upper West Side, will soon be coming home to a fully renovated apartment.

Pierre Downing, vice president of affordable housing for Monadnock Development, is part of a team called PRC, the PACT Renaissance Collaborative.

“We’re all aligned in one thing: providing quality, safe, affordable housing for families to thrive and live out their version of whatever the American dream might be for them,” said Downing.

Crews started working in February and expect to renovate 1,700 apartments in 16 Manhattan NYCHA developments by spring 2023. READ MORE: NYPD: Man Kills Mother Of 9-Year-Old Daughter In Triple Murder-Suicide At Brooklyn's Van Dyke HousesThe developments include the Fort Washington Senior Development in Washington Heights.

Their faces are happy,” Lauriano said.

“You go from living in substandard conditions, to living in something that you’re proud of,” Downing said.

Raised by a single mother in public housing in Trenton, New Jersey, he aspired to change the stigma of affordable housing.

I see the success is happening,” said Monica Alexander, PRC tenant liaison. MORE NEWS: New Yorkers Age 16 And Up Can Now Receive COVID Vaccine; 'It Will Help My Life In Many Ways'And that is meaningful change.

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