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Mr. Mayor, here’s how it’s done: Lessons from the affordable housing frontlines

Mayor de Blasio has made the creation of higher density apartments in East New York the centerpiece of his housing agenda. Oddly, his administration never bothered to ask us for our thoughts on its plans to build on the work we’ve been succesfully doing there for 30 years.

NYCHA Tenants Pack Brownsville Church to Demand Repairs

Standing at the pulpit, Nancy Baptiste led her congregation in reciting not amens or hymns, but the number most public housing tenants have committed to memory: 7-1-8-7-0-7-7-7-7-1 That’s the phone number New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, tenants call when something needs to be fixed. Too often, Baptiste said, no one shows up, the wrong work gets done, or the maintenance crew makes the problem worse.

Tenants: De Blasio Needs Bigger NYCHA Role

When the head of the New York City Housing Authority met with residents at a chapel in Brownsville on Tuesday night, there were questions about failing radiators, missing kitchen sinks, moldy walls, broken doors, pigeon excrement and more. These were all part of a more general question: A year into his administration, to what extent is Mayor de Blasio accountable for the continuing maintenance woes at NYCHA, which has been shortchanged by all levels of government for at least a decade?

NYC Public Housing: Fixing a Leak with a Bucket

At Maria Santana’s public housing apartment on New York’s Upper West Side, dirty, black water has periodically poured in from the walls, from the pipes, from the radiator. She says the problems started two years ago. “It’s so much water, it looks like it’s raining in here. I am scared,” Santana said. She has placed buckets throughout her apartment. Her couch is covered in plastic to keep it from getting wet.

Tenants want judge to force NYCHA to clean up mold at public housing

Public housing tenants asked a judge Wednesday to step in and make the Housing Authority comply with a year-old vow to clean up nasty mold from apartments.

Tenants, churches want NYCHA boss to resign over lack of repairs

A coalition of churches and public housing tenants frustrated by perceived inaction by NYCHA plans to call for the agency’s chairwoman to step down

Mr. Mayor, step up & fix NYCHA: In dilapidated buildings, residents wait and wait for repairs

Mayor de Blasio professes to care about public housing far more than his predecessor did. It is time for him to take ownership over the conditions that plague thousands upon thousands of souls trapped in NYCHA buildings — leaky roofs, moldy bathrooms, unsafe lobbies and filthy elevators. These problems are long-term, sometimes life-threatening, and in many cases getting worse under his watch.

Tenants, advocates call for NYCHA's Shola Olatoye to quit

Frustrated tenants and advocates rallied outside City Hall Thursday, calling for NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye to step down.

Congregations Call on De Blasio to Shake Up NYCHA

Konrad Aderer joins Brownsville pastor Father Ed Mason and hundreds of city housing residents and faith leaders from Metro IAF as they take to the steps of City Hall to call on Mayor de Blasio to take charge of NYCHA, the dysfunctional New York City agency in charge of public housing

Need for major renovations keeps NYCHA units vacant for years: audit

Almost 300,000 New Yorkers are on the waiting list for a spot inside a New York City Housing Authority Building yet hundreds of apartments remain vacant, some for more than 10 years. But NYCHA says vacancy rates are the lowest in a decade and that it can’t make the necessary repairs without the necessary funding.

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