Brooklyn residents living in NYCHA apartments say units are far from livable
Brooklyn residents who live in New York City Housing Authority buildings say their apartments are far from livable.
One NYCHA resident told News 12 her apartment has ceilings covered with what appears to be poisonous mold and walls with potentially toxic paint peeling off of them.
Assembly member Mathylde Frontus said she is officially fed up by the conditions.
The mother and third-generation Gravesend native did not want to show her face on camera, but, while choking back tears, said that she's surprised she has survived in her apartment for nearly two decades.
NCYHA said it has not received any work orders submitted by the tenant since 2012, but until Feb. 4.
She said she tried reaching NYCHA for help dozens of times and now said she's losing hope.
To shine a light on NYCHA conditions city wide, Public Advocate Jumanee Williams continued his five-borough tour in Bed-Stuy on Thursday.
"New Yorkers deserve safe, comfortable, deeply affordable housing," Williams said.
One Bed-Stuy mother told News 12 she now lives in a homeless shelter with her six young children because of what she considers is NYCHA's failure to repair her home. She said child services told her that her kids had to leave because they kept getting sick of the mold and mildew in their unit.
In a statement, a NYCHA spokesperson said, "...our dedicated staff works 24/7 to address issues caused by crumbling infrastructure due to decades of disinvestment. NYCHA has a $40 billion capital need and we work diligently with our elected partners to make them aware of the Authority's extensive capital needs. We hope that they join us in using their platforms to call for increased funding."
The spokesperson added that NYCHA plans to visit the Gravesend resident on Friday in order to begin repairs at the apartment and that it plans to temporarily relocate her in the meantime.