City officials vowed to make developer Alex Arker make drastically needed repairs to the 36 Blake Avenue Homes project.
But residents say Arker's repair work on the city-funded homes is as shoddy as his original construction: Roofs and boilers are fixed but break down again soon after.
The 36 two-family homes were built by Arker, a Long Island-based developer, for first-time homebuyers earning between $32,000 and $75,000 a year.
The houses cost nearly $240,000 each - money residents now say was a waste.
In 2005, when the problems first emerged, a spokeswoman for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development spokeswoman told the Daily News that Arker "has an obligation to the homebuyers," and the city would make sure the developer made repairs.
Homeowners said those promises were all wet.
"Nothing has changed," said Nigel Laurent, 44, who said his roof is "constantly leaking" despite repeated repairs.
Laurent, a train dispatcher who saved for years to afford his home, now feels cheated. "It was our life savings," he said.
Homeowners get soaked by shoddy homes