The Betances Houses in Mott Haven recently got a major facelift—new kitchen appliances, bathrooms, windows, security cameras and mold-prevention fans—thrilling many residents of the 40 buildings stretching from 136th Street to 145th Street.
Yet not all tenant advocates are fans of the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, which converts management of New York City Housing Authority apartments to private developers.
“It’s cosmetic surgery,” said Danny Barber, Citywide Council of Presidents chair. “NYCHA is good at slapping on band aids. This is just an extra-large band aid.”