They're inequitable and don't address the housing market's fundamental issues, but they also provide a lot of support for low-income New Yorkers
Great overview. You already noted the byzantine bureaucracy that a household has to go through to apply to these programs, let alone figure out which ones are applicable to them. That has to be an additional load on already burdened people. Even without streamlining of the actual programs, you'd think a simple webpage that let them punch in their details and get directed to the right programs would be useful. On the other hand, I wonder if we're missing how much folks get personally directed to these programs via less visible-to-us means, like those referrals from city agencies. That still likely misses tons of people who are eligible but don't make contact with the city government, which in turn leads to an underestimation of the overall need.
"These public housing developments were built between 1936 and 1997. Federal law caps the number of public housing apartments that the federal government will subsidize at the number that existed in 1999, so New York’s public housing stock has been stagnant since then."
Ooof, like many other areas of government, I wonder how much better public housing could be if it was something the government had kept building more of/engaging in, instead of stopping after an initial investment.