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NYCHA Residents Already Experiencing Lack Of Heat, Hot Water

November 01, 2018 - 4:34 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The New York City Housing Authority on Thursday was already being swamped with complaints about a lack of heat in public housing apartments.

NYCHA experienced widespread heat and hot water outages last winter, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to allocate $200 million for upgrades at 20 developments.

However, those improvements have yet to be completed and residents say they are already beginning to face harsh conditions just weeks into the “heating season.”

Residents of the Clermont Consolidated Development in the Bronx said they already have to worry about a broken front door and now a lack of heat.

“It freezing,” one resident told WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman. “And my daughter has asthma and she’s already getting sick.”

Some 72,000 public housing residents lost heat in October when temperatures just began to drop. It took NYCHA roughly 12 hours to restore service.

NYCHA hired dozens of new technicians in an effort to improve heating equipment, but warned that it could not promise a winter free of outages at the city’s 2,516 housing developments.