Tenants, officials call for better conditions at Brevoort Houses in Bed-Stuy

<p>NYCHA tenants in Brooklyn say water in their building has been randomly shut off for at least two weeks.</p>

News 12 Staff

Jul 27, 2018, 5:50 PM

Updated 2,090 days ago

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Tenants at the Brevoort Houses are frustrated with the conditions at their complex this summer.
Residents of the Bed-Stuy apartment say water has been constantly going off. They say this has often left them with no means to bathe, cook or even drink.
NYCHA officials tell News 12 water was restored on Thursday and permanent repairs were expected to be completed on Friday.
But longtime tenants say the problem is not a first time offense.
Maude Davis, who has lived at the complex for more than 60 years, says the water has been sporadic since she first moved in.
Residents say faucets are sometimes placed outside when there is no water. For older people like Davis, however, they don't help much.
"I have to get somebody to do it for me," Davis said.
Borough President Eric Adams and other elected officials are joining tenants in their frustration. Adams says the NYCHA online dashboard that is supposed to record and address complaints is inaccurate. He says it listed the recent weeklong water outage as lasting only five hours.
"I'm disgusted," Adams said. ""The game they are playing of misreporting--it comes on for five minutes--they close the ticket and then it wants you to start the process all over.
Adams says he plans to reach out to the government to ask for funding to put a system in place to monitor NYCHA. He says the new system will keep NYCHA accountable.
Tenants continue to tell News 12 that they've called 311 and local leaders to help without any success. Some say they can't shower properly and feel like their rights are being abused.


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