A Holiday Message from Chair & CEO Shola Olatoye

A Holiday Message from Chair & CEO Shola Olatoye


It’s been quite a year for NYCHA, both rewarding
and challenging. The past few weeks have been especially tough
given the focus on lead-based paint. I want to be clear on the issues. We’re taking immediate action to address
gaps in compliance including: EPA-certification training for appropriate
staff, and conducting annual inspections, free blood testing for lead exposure in partnership
with Health + Hospitals, and the creation of a new Executive Compliance
Department. Resident health and safety is a priority and
we will do better. There is good news to share. We’ve made significant progress on our NextGen
goals. Construction is underway on 150 Sandy-damaged
buildings, housing over 30,000 people. We continued roof repairs, funded by $1 billion
from Mayor de Blasio, and residents benefited from major capital
upgrades including new lighting, CCTV cameras, and gas piping. NextGen Operations rolled out at every Manhattan
development, giving property management more control and engaging residents in decision-making. We ramped up resident communications about
our development plans. And amplified outreach through NextGen Resource
Fairs and events. REES opened its 10th Jobs Plus site, launched Childcare Business Pathways, placed nearly 2300 residents in jobs and connected over 6,000 residents to economic
opportunities. For the second year in a row, HUD awarded
Leased Housing its highest distinction for Section 8 programming. New technology like smartphones for property
management, MyNYCHA app upgrades, and self-service kiosks improved customer service. The Fund for Public Housing and KaBOOM! partnered
to design and build a new playground at Pomonok Houses. Next year we’ll build four more. Going into 2018 we face a host of challenges,
including the federal budget battle. But we have a lot to look forward to: closing on our first two NextGen Neighborhood
sites and our second PACT site, finishing work on the Mayor’s action plan
lighting initiative, completing design work and starting construction
on all of our Recovery and Resiliency projects, bringing solar to NYCHA, and building a new NYCHA Farm on Staten Island. I know we’ll continue to make progress for
the one in 14 New Yorkers who call NYCHA home. I am proud to work by your side. Thank you for your service. Here’s to a great 2018.

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One Reply to “A Holiday Message from Chair & CEO Shola Olatoye”

  1. This Crooked, Lying, Stupid, and Incompetent Politically Appointed Bitch should be out of a job, and everybody knows it. She should be busted down to cleaning out bedpans in City Hospitals, if she can handle that. this "Dummy" is just another NYC Political Lackey and "Worffless" lump of shit.  Way to go de Blasio ! (aka. Warner Wilhelm Jr.)

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