According to a New York Times article published yesterday, New York City’s housing projects “has an estimated $32 billion in needed repairs.”
Federal prosecutors have reportedly assigned a court-appointed monitor for the New York City Housing Authority to oversee the management of the nation’s largest public housing system.
NYCHA has been plagued with repair issues for years. These issues, most notably the lead-paint conundrum, have endangered the health of NYCHA’s residents for many years.
To add insult to injury, a June 2018 New York Times article states: “Federal prosecutors…said [NYCHA], which houses at least 400,000 poor and working-class residents, covered up its [“systematic misconduct”], training its staff on how to mislead federal inspectors and presenting false reports to the government, and to the public, about its compliance with lead-paint regulations.”
In their legal complaint, federal prosecutors further assert that NYCHA’s operations “reflect management dysfunction and organizational failure.”
According to a New York Daily News article, the New York City Housing Authority erroneously sent 1,424 residents a letter threatening “termination of tenancy.” NYCHA officials have reportedly chalked-up the letters mistakenly sent to residents as being a “computer glitch.”
The letters, understandably, sent terror through residents who feared their housing was in jeopardy. One NYCHA tenant is quoted by the NY Daily News as saying: “The wording of the letter is so threatening. They should not do this. They don’t know how this emotionally kills a person. I did not sleep at all…My blood sugar was very high in the morning.”
To add insult to injury, the residents received the letter close to Election Day, and were unable to communicate with NYCHA’s management offices due to the offices being closed for the holiday.
Hopefully NYCHA is taking steps to right their wrong. Hopefully, those steps will exceed a pat apology.
The following poignant story is from a Brooklyn resident, Angela Graham. It was printed in the New York Daily News in the column “Voice of the People,” on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.
“I’ve been on the NYCHA Section 8 waiting list for eight years. On June 14, I finally received a voucher. I’ve been homeless since June 10, after we were all put out into the street by new owners who didn’t offer us one penny to move. There were so many violations our building was unlivable.
All landlords- and I mean all- don’t take Section 8 and don’t want it. Your own city makes you homeless. I believe they know nobody is taking it but they will not offer you public housing because they’re busy throwing people out there, too.
I saw that it’s a law that a landlord must not discriminate against people with government rent subsidies. My voucher is only for up to $1,425 rent, and guess what, people are only renting rooms at that price, and guess what, Section 8 isn’t paying for you to sleep in a room. So what am I to do?
This system was set up to fail. They’re running people out of their homes and have the nerve to demand you have income of 40 times the rent. Who the hell do they think we are Donald Trump? They price you out and use the famous words “Go down South.” What makes you think I have family down South?
It’s sad that NYCHA issues the vouchers knowing we will not find housing, so will lose the voucher and continue to live in the streets.”