Statement on Heat, Hot Water Outages Currently Impacting Over 7,000 NYCHA Residents

Judith Goldiner, Attorney-In-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit, released the following statement today responding to current heat and hot water outages impacting over 7,000 New York City Housing Authority (NYHCA) residents at developments in the Bronx and Brooklyn:

“On the coldest week of the winter season, thousands of NYCHA residents – seniors, children, and other vulnerable New Yorkers – continue to suffer widespread heat and hot water outages. With every outage, NYCHA violates its legal obligation to seamlessly provide these utilities. To comply with the law, NYCHA – serving as the landlord – should issue abatements to tenants whose apartments are completely uninhabitable during this cold spell.

Despite the Mayor’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ announcement last October touting improvements to boiler systems, it’s abundantly clear, especially over the last few days, that NYCHA still has much work left to do.”