Community Voices Heard Members Expose NYCHA’s Residential Neglect, Reported by Fox5

Posted on February 8, 2018

Street Soldiers TV: NYCHA Town Hall 2.2.18

Originally Posted by Fox5 on February 5, 2018
Presented by Lisa Evers


This has been a rough winter for tens of thousands of rent-paying NYCHA residents who found themselves without heat and without help on some of the coldest days in decades. Residents said it was nothing new, but it was also never this bad. From Throggs Neck to Far Rockaway, one end of the city to the other, resident council leaders said they were running high on complaints and low on results — a pattern all too familiar from the lead paint scandal and safety issues like crime, lighting, and security cameras. Aging buildings, boilers breaking down, lack of staff, and lack of funding — despite NYCHA’s $3 billion annual budget — are the reasons why. Another frustration was no real timetable for repairs. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and City Comptroller Scott Stringer called the situation an emergency. Public Advocate Letitia James called for new leadership at NYCHA that recognizes the priorities of the residents, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized. Days after announcing a $13 million emergency fund, Mayor Bill de Blasio told Good Day New York that he is sticking by his NYCHA chair, period. So the issues were taken to the people of NYCHA housing in a ground-breaking town hall in the Bronx. Voices were united as residents demanded permanent fixes to the problems. Residents and resident council leaders from more than a dozen public housing developments came out with local youth and concerned elected officials to talk about ways to solve the persistent problems facing NYCHA residents. Resident and Community Voices Heard member Giancarlo Fernandez suggested a resident oversight council to regulate how the community money is being spent. Esther Devore, also a Community Voices Heard member, further detailed the numerous instances of NYCHA’s official neglect — from hiring unofficial workers to covering up resident issues in the guise of a new layer of paint. It’s about time these community voices be heard.

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