Grant Houses’ new president brings ambitious agenda to use Columbia funding

Carlton Davis does more than just live in the Grant Houses. He hosts Halloween parties for its children, dreams of organizing a baseball team for its teenagers, and, as of Sunday, is the president of its tenant association. But Davis said that, in addition to bringing enthusiasm to his new position, he will try to reverse what he called a troubling reluctance among the apartment’s current leaders to tap into available funds. “As far as having any program done, I haven’t seen anything,” Davis said, referring to the development’s previous tenant association president. The Grant Houses, New York City Housing Authority apartments on Broadway and West 125th Street, are home to more than 5,000 low-income West Harlem tenants. They are also across the street from the Manhattanville campus, a Columbia expansion which is currently under construction. Because of its location, Grant was allotted $1.5 million in the Community Benefits Agreement, a document signed by University and [...]