NEW YORK CITY — A metropolis-backed housing program that advocates say has not delivered on its promise of providing tenants flats for subsequent to nothing is coming underneath intense scrutiny from investigators and the town’s public advocate.
The Tenant Interim Lease program (TIL), which was meant to be a pathway for renters in metropolis-owned buildings to buy their models for simply $250, is at present being probed by the Division of Investigation for points starting from stolen cash to metropolis staff slacking off, sources and stories stated.
Now, Public Advocate Letitia James is looking for an unbiased evaluate of this system, which she stated has been inadequately funded and poorly managed by the town’s Division of Housing Preservation and Improvement.
“As our metropolis faces a disaster in reasonably priced housing, it’s surprising that a metropolis-run program is permitting a whole lot of reasonably priced models to stay vacant,” James stated, noting that roughly forty % of the greater than 2,300 models in TIL buildings are empty.
Tenants and advocates have labeled this system a “failure,” noting that many buildings have fallen into disrepair whereas residents have waited years to purchase them.
The general public advocate’s criticism of this system has been specified by a coverage temporary anticipated to be launched Thursday, because the Metropolis Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings conducts an oversight listening to on this system.
The temporary states that this system is “rife with corruption” and that HPD “has not adequately carried out their jobs, as a result of they have been ceaselessly unavailable or unreliable, inadequately educated or inexperienced, or did not comply with-up on crucial issues.”
It additionally comes amid the DOI investigation, which has been ongoing for greater than a yr, the New York Publish reported.
The probe reportedly consists of investigating cash stolen from a tenant affiliation by residents, tenants permitting squatters to stay lease-free and HPD staff slacking off.
The DOI wouldn’t affirm the investigation and declined to remark additional, a spokeswoman stated.
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