Hester Street began working in collaboration with NYCHA residents, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and a number of city and state officials on a working group to address the future of the Fulton Houses, Elliot-Chelsea Houses and Chelsea Addition NYCHA developments.

The Chelsea developments face a capital deficit of $344 million to reach a state of good repair.  Currently over 5,000 people live across the three developments and, without action, residents’ housing quality will continue to deteriorate further. The group launched in late October 2019 and is comprised of NYCHA residents, elected officials, community representatives and housing organizations. The team at Hester Street facilitated in-person conversations with officials and developed workshop and engagement tools to ensure that community and resident participation is prioritized.

The first set of working group convenings took place in the fall of 2019  with the goal of producing community- and resident-driven recommendations for actionable approaches to capital improvements by NYCHA that will ultimately enhance the Chelsea properties and residents’ quality of life. The next series of engagements are planned to continue through the end of 2020.