The New York City Housing Authority provides decent and affordable housing in a safe and secure environment for low and moderate-income residents and families throughout the five boroughs of New York. The authority is the largest public housing administration in North America, with more than 181,000 apartments in 345 developments throughout New York City in 2,600 residential buildings containing more than 3.300 elevators. The authority has more than 15,000 employees serving 175,000 families, with approximately 417,300 authorized residents. The authority preserves its housing stock through maintenance and modernization. The authority also administers a citywide program of leased housing in rental apartments. It works to enhance the quality of life at its housing by offering residents opportunities to participate in the community, educational and recreational programs, as well as job and training initiative. The authority was created in 1934 in the lower East Side of Manhattan.