State report shows empty apartments could help the Bronx homeless
There are more than 146,000 people on waiting lists for public housing in New York City. The Bronx is home to 1000 vacant publicly owned apartments, and one of the largest homeless populations in the country.
So it stands to reason that housing advocates are outraged at a new report from Assemblyman Scott Stringer (D-Manhattan), which shows there are more than 5000 publicly owned apartments in New York vacant.
According to the New York City Housing Authority, many of the vacant apartments are in buildings slated for repair. NYCHA says its easier to renovate apartments when the buildings are vacant.
Along Elder Ave., News 12 The Bronx found one building with more than half the units vacant.
The report says the average wait for public housing in New York City now tops eight years.