By Brendan Krisel
The Harlem public housing development will receive $250,000 for new lighting and monitoring systems.
HARLEM, NY — A Harlem public housing development will receive $250,000 for security upgrades from the federal government, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday.
The funding will be used to install new safety lights and monitoring systems at Harlem's King Towers development on Lenox Avenue a few blocks north of Central Park, federal officials said. Money provided for the fixes is part of a larger $5.2 million effort benefiting 23 public housing authorities in 15 states.
"Every family deserves to feel safe in their home," HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement. "HUD is determined to ensure the well-being of public housing residents and these grants give communities the tools they need to make that happen."
Harlem's King Towers is the only development in the New York City Housing Authority that will receive funding. Developments receiving funds are using the money to upgrade security fixtures such as camera systems, lighting, doors and fencing, federal officials said.
Federal officials did not clarify how developments were chosen for funding. King Towers had fatal shootings in both 2016 and 2017.