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Fixing NYCHA, apartment by apartment

Fixing NYCHA, apartment by apartment
Staying home has been the public health measure of choice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet staying home has its own health risks for New Yorkers who live in apartments managed by the city’s largest landlord, the New York City Housing Authority.

Yet staying home has its own health risks for New Yorkers who live in apartments managed by the city’s largest landlord, the New York City Housing Authority.(Angus Mordant / for New York Daily News) Take Bernetta Greene, who lives in Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn.While unsafe conditions and slow repairs are not unique to NYCHA, there is a deep disparity in the volume and pace of repairs between public and private housing in New York City.We believe that public housing tenants should have the power to use the same complaint system as other New York renters to ensure timely repairs.

Changes should include: City inspectors from New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) communicating directly with NYCHA prior to a court-ordered inspection; allowing NYCHA tenants to use the 311 complaint system; and releasing open data about housing maintenance violations at each NYCHA development.Meanwhile, NYCHA tenants have experienced consistently more habitability issues and wait longer for their apartments to be fixed.

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