NYCHA Mathematics: The Broken Elevators Edition

NYCHA

According to Insider, “An investigation from NY1 found that there were more than than 44,000 elevator outages in New York City public housing [NYCHA] buildings in 2018, averaging about 121 breakdowns a day.”

The elevator outages were said to last, on average, about 12 hours each.

The Insider states: There are a total of 2,351 NYCHA buildings. These buildings contain an aggregate of more than 3,200 elevators that make approximately 3.2 million trips daily. The annual budget to maintain NYCHA’s elevators is $74 million.

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The 6 New York City Agencies That Deal With Homelessness

6 NYC HMLS Agencies

The following six agencies are the agencies that are tasked to deal with homelessness in New York City:

(1)The Department of Homeless Services (DHS)
(2)The Department of Social Services (DSS) also known as HRA (Human Resources Administration)
(3)The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
(4)The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
(5)The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
(6)The Department of Veterans Services

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Almost 90% Of NYCHA Was Without Heat & Hot Water Last Winter

NYCHA

According to the New York Post, the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society filed a Freedom of Information Law request to obtain statistics regarding NYCHA.

The information obtained revealed the following troubling statistics about New York City’s housing projects:

  • NYCHA has 174,000 apartments, out of which more than 150,000 went without heat or hot water for a period of time during last winter.
  • 259 out of 326 of NYCHA’s developments went without heat and/or hot water between October 1, 2018, and May 31, 2018.

The New York Post states: “[NYCHA] is under a partial federal takeover because of city mismanagement, including a lead-paint debacle…NYCHA has until October 2024 to reduce heating outages to just 15 percent of apartments during the winter under the agreement City Hall signed with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.”

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Inspections Of NYC Homeless Shelters For Youth Allegedly Forged

NYC DYCD

According to the New York Post, a recent report released by the city’s Comptroller, Scott Stringer, reveals that the Department of Youth and Community Development, an agency entrusted to perform inspections on New York City homeless shelters that house homeless youth and runaways, covered up dangerous conditions at those shelters.

The New York Post reported that the Department of Youth and Community Development is paid an annual fee of $8 million to perform the inspections. The City Comptroller is quoted as saying the following regarding the fraudulent inspections: “The young people who need our help the most should be able to count on full and honest support from the city, but our audit found inadequate supervision, altered records, and shifting explanations at the agency that exists to help them.”

The Comptroller has placed the Homeless Services Provider Agencies on a watch list. This is the second consecutive year that the agencies have been on the Comptroller’s Agency Watch List. According to the NYC Comptroller’s website: “The Agency Watch List spotlights city agencies that raise the most budgetary concerns due to rapidly increased spending and meager measurable results.”

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When Gentrification Strikes: Bed Stuy: Income vs. The Price Of Housing

Bed Stuy Map

“The cost of housing in Bedford Stuyvesant is 106% higher than the national average. The per capita income in Bedford Stuyvesant is 23% lower than the national average.” -You Tuber: World According To Briggs

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Woman Found Dead In Bronx Homeless Shelter

BronxWorks

On Thursday, A 45-year-old woman was found dead in a Bronx homeless shelter. According to the New York Daily News, her death is being investigated as “suspicious.”

The mother of three was reportedly living at the BronxWorks shelter, located on E138th Street for only two months before her sudden death.

The New York Post reports that the police have stated that “an unidentified man was seen fleeing [her] room before her death.” The New York Post also quotes her father, who also lived with the now deceased woman and her children, as saying: “We don’t know what happened. We have a lot of questions and we are looking for answers.”

The mother tragically leaves behind a 13-year-old daughter and seven-year-old twin sons.

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Governor Cuomo Demands That The MTA Deal With Its Homeless Problem

Governor Cuomo

Governor Cuomo recently stated that the issue with homeless people usurping New York City’s train system is “worse than ever.” NYC’s governor also tasked the MTA with solving the problem, stating that the problem is solely under the jurisdiction of the MTA, and “they will be held accountable” for it.

According to CBS News, in a letter to the MTA board of directors issued Friday, Governor Cuomo stated the following about the current situation of homeless New Yorkers proliferating in the subway system: “While crime may reportedly be down on the subways, the number of homeless people is up, and it is directly impacting service to riders.
In 2018, there were 1,771 homeless people living in the subway — that number surged to 2,178 in 2019, an increase of 23%. According to the MTA’s own statistics, trains were delayed 659 times in 2018 by homeless people who were walking on tracks, and engaging in disruptive and often dangerous behavior including blocking train doors—a staggering 54% increase from the 428 homeless related delays in 2014. And that number is getting worse: in the first three months of this year, the MTA reports that there have already been 313 homeless related train delays. Over the last decade, the number of incidents more than tripled, from 254 in 2008 to 856 last year.
New Yorkers are unfortunately accustomed to having homeless issues on the trains and in the terminals during the winter months, but this has now become a year-round phenomenon.”

Governor Cuomo also demanded that the MTA quickly come up with a plan to combat homelessness in their Reorganization Plan, stating: “The Reorganization Plan legally due by the end of July provides the opportunity to not only address the administrative changes but also the protracted issue of homelessness in the MTA, and you should demand that it does and that the plan be compassionate, pragmatic and effective.”

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Drugs Continue To Be A Problem At New York City Homeless Shelters

East River Shelter

New York City homeless shelters are notoriously drug riddled. There are many NYC homeless shelters where drugs are rampant and drug users are allowed to ingest drugs via a variety of methods with impunity. Shelter staff often turns a blind eye to obvious drug use; some even participate in the illegal activity in one form or another.

Proof of rampant drug use in and around New York City homeless shelters often appear in the form of news stories when the drug use leads to multiple overdoses, or some other ridiculously egregious event occurs.

It has been reported that, a few weeks ago, a mother residing at an East Harlem homeless shelter was charged with the crime of attempted murder after trying to drown her daughters in the shelter’s bathtub.

The mother subsequently told law enforcement that she had smoked “bad marijuana,” which caused her to experience hallucinations in which she thought her daughters were being attacked by bugs.

The use of synthetic marijuana at NYC homeless shelters has been widely reported, especially over the past few summer seasons. The drug has notably caused mass overdoses in New York City, in areas where there are homeless shelters.

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