NYCHA residents protest ‘deplorable’ conditions
Dozens gathered Sunday to protest conditions at NYCHA residencies that have been called “deplorable.”
St. Paul Community Baptist Church and East Brooklyn congregation members were marching to East New York NYCHA houses in protest of environments they say are unsafe and rat-infested.
One resident says they have mold and chipping paint, while another submitted video to News 12 of water damage and a rat infestation.
Protesters say they want more safe affordable housing on other under-used lots around the city.
In response, Melissa Grace, of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, says, “This administration has made an unprecedented commitment to improve public housing. The health and well-being of residents is our top priority and we are looking into this matter further.”
Grace adds that the de Blasio administration is committed to financing more than 15,000 affordable homes for seniors by 2024, a plan that stems from the city’s rapid growth in senior population.