Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined more than 100 New York City Housing Authority tenant leaders and residents of all ages for a rally at the Bronx River Houses to bring attention to the agency’s failure to spend money that has been given to it to improve tenants’ lives.
Diaz is also calling on the agency to open its books to the public for review. Last year, Diaz allocated $139,000 in capital dollars to NYCHA to provide computers and other technical assistance to the community centers in three Bronx developments—the Bronx River Houses, the Sonia Sotomayor Houses and the Soundview Houses.
The money was intended to kick-off a pilot program to provide new programming opportunities within NYCHA developments and activate community centers in new ways to assist tenants with everyday tasks, be it homework for young people to job searches for adults and everything in between. To date, Dias said not a penny of this money has been spent.