Tuesday, May 19, 2015
NYCHA is just a big mess
The paint is peeling. The walls are covered in mold. Rats run free and many tenants are lucky if they have hot water.
The Frederick Douglass Houses on the Upper West Side are home to thousands of people and the problems there are dire.
“I’ve called for repairs over and over again. And they come and they look and they say that they are going to come back and they never come back,” longtime resident Soraya Vazquez said. Suffering from cancer and asthma, the mold in her apartment makes things worse.
Broken elevators, leaky pipes and bugs; just a few more of the problems described here.
According to Tenant Association president Carmen Quinones, “They have no contracts. They have no personnel to carry out all the repairs.”