Closing Bell: Tenants File Lawsuit Against NYCHA


This afternoon tenants and housing advocates from Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) held a press conference calling out the NYC Public Housing Authority for delaying home repairs and leaving families with conditions that threaten their health and safety. Following the event, attorneys from South Brooklyn Legal Services filed a group lawsuit against NYCHA to force repairs for tenants of three Brooklyn NYCHA properties. Gathered at the Brooklyn Housing Court, FUREE expressed several demands: that NYCHA stop forcing residents to live in dangerous and unhealthy conditions; they stop misusing capital repair funds for other programs; that Section 3 funding is used to train and hire residents to make repairs; that the Centralized Calling Center is overhauled to prioritize back-logged tickets; and that NYCHA residents are treated with dignity and respect. NYCHA is currently back-logged with thousands of citywide repairs, and residents usually wait months or years to see repairs made. The photos are by Desiree Marshall, click through to see a few more.


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  • Who said they don’t have jobs? It is a complete fallacy that everyone in NYCHA housing is unemployed or not working. Plenty of hard working minimum and low wage workers paying rent there. They aren’t supposed to have heat? Or have their apartments repaired?

  • I second Montrose’s comment. We have a friend who lives in public housing and works extremely hard at her job. She cannot afford to live elsewhere. Some of the conditions in these buildings are horrendous.

  • Hey here is an idea. How about since residents are getting to live in housing for a whole lot less than others, they volunteer to keep their projects safer, cleaner and more functional. Projects are full of welfare abusers. There are some that work hard, but for the most part, not many. There is a reason why these places are crime ridden. It’s all about the gimme, gimme, gimme. I wonder how people that pay up the you know what can start community gardens and volunteer to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity and pick up other people’s trash to make their neighborhoods nicer. Here is a thought, start a volunteer organization that caters to your housing project and help beautify it. Start a projects crime watch. Do something instead of putting your hand out.

    • And you know that they are not doing this, how? I love how people who have no idea what living in the projects is like, and wouldn’t be caught anywhere near one, can stand around and pontificate about what people should do. There are many beautification, advocacy, self-help and other programs in many housing projects, by and for the people who live there. There have been for years. These people do not have their hands out.

      And I would love to see statistics to match this statement: “Projects are full of welfare abusers. There are some that work hard, but for the most part, not many.” Is that anecdotal, observational, or just assumed?

      • It is worth mentioning that a lot of the people living in homeless shelters these days are the working-poor who have low paying hourly wage jobs, or who only have part time work. Living in a NYCHA building is a big step up and they’re paying 30% of their check to live there…

        Though maybe retlaw is right and those 400,000 people are all just welfare abusers.

  • Just like days of old ignorance is bliss. most people living in nycha work and people on welfare 60 percent are white think before you speak from not a racist.

  • Just like days of old ignorance is bliss. most people living in nycha work and people on welfare 60 percent are white think before you speak from not a racist.