NYCHA residents could swap apartment sizes

The New York City Housing Authority says it wants to move tenants to what it says are more appropriate-sized apartments.The organization says 45,000 apartments are

BROOKLYN - The New York City Housing Authority says it wants to move tenants to what it says are more appropriate-sized apartments.

The organization says 45,000 apartments are more spacious than needed by some tenants. Several 2- or 3-bedroom apartments in NYCHA buildings are occupied by one owner when they could house a family of five, according to the group. Many of these larger apartments are occupied by the elderly.

NYCHA also says there are about 5,000 apartments that are too small for the residents living there. The group says it does not plan to evict tenants. However, it plans to offer options like subsidized housing for those who do move.

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