Reinventing Public Housing in New York City
You'll learn about:
- Why public housing is important and how to ensure its long-term survival
- How partnerships can strengthen public housing
- Ways to improve the quality of life for residents of public housing
- How to make public housing more environmentally sound
Public housing was established decades ago to provide decent, safe,and affordable rental housing for eligible low-income families. Today the United States has about 1.2 million households living in public housing managed by approximately 3,300 public housing authorities (PHAs). At a time when other PHAs are converting their entire portfolios to Section 8 housing, the New York City Housing Authority—the oldest in the nation—is reinventing itself. Its 10-year strategy, Next Generation NYCHA, focuses on improving operations, management, sustainability, financing, energy and water efficiency, and resident initiatives, as well as expanding affordable housing. Its long-term survival in the face of continued federal cutbacks rest in part on the success of these initiatives.
What role should public housing play in maintaining and expanding the affordable housing supply? What are the impacts of an aging-in-place population, and how can these be addressed? How can the private market be used to upgrade and expand affordable housing? Should public housing land be used for mixed-income housing developments? What are strategies for better integrating public housing and its residents into their communities? What are the unique political and institutional challenges to positive change and achieving long-term health? Panelists will tackle these questions (and others) as they discuss challenges to and strategies for ensuring the survival and long-term health of public housing in New York City and elsewhere.
, New York City Housing Authority
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerBomee Jung joined NYCHA on July 6, 2015 as Vice President of Energy and Sustainability. Prior to joining NYCHA, Bomee served as a mayoral appointee on the City Planning Commission, and the Deputy Director of the New York office of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national leader in greening affordable housing. Bomee designed and led Enterprise’s green initiatives in New York, including securing New York City’s adoption of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria as its required standard for affordable housing; designing and managing a $20,000,000 ARRA DOE Weatherization Assistance Program that piloted a portfolio-based model for subsidized housing; and designing Enterprise's Sandy initiative to develop tools to support long-term resiliency of multifamily affordable housing owners. Before Enterprise, Bomee founded GreenHomeNYC, Inc., a volunteer-driven not for profit that promotes sustainability, and in her first career, developed Internet-based applications for digital agencies and start-ups. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and Japanese from The University of Georgia and a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerMs. Barth has worked for the City of New York since 1981. She held many positions at the Department of City Planning, including directing the development of the Consolidated Plan for Affordable Housing Funding for New York City. From 1999-2001, she served as the Special Assistant to the New York City Housing Authority Chairman. Her work at NYCHA also included Acting Director of Development 2003-2004; Director of Planning 2004-2006; developed the Local Law 11 Division in 2008, among other positions. She has been an active in the National APA, NY Metro APA Chapter, and the APA Planning and Women Division since 1981, organizing panel discussions and events at the National and Local venues.
, New York City Housing Authority
Invited SpeakerMr. Kelly served as the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Housing Community Development. He has more than three decades of experience in the housing industry. He has served as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of New Orleans, the Washington D.C. Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Mr. Kelly is also an accomplished professor, serving as the Harvey Wadsworth Professor of Urban Affairs at Tulane University, and as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Howard University and at the Wagner School of Public Policy at New York University.
Confirmed SpeakerAuthor of Public Housing That Worked, New York in the Twentieth Century, among eight books, from leading academic presses. Co-Editor of the Journal of Planning History, and serves as a frequent reviewer/guest critic of scholarly manuscripts, student architectural proposals, and published works in urban history. He has also been interviewed and quoted on housing and other topics in leading national and regional media sources including WNYC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR Marketplace. With other scholars he contributes frequently to Gotham Gazette as an editorial writer on various New York urban affairs topics.