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NYCHA Still Struggling to Provide Tenants Working Utilities This Winter Season

The Legal Aid Society condemned NYCHA’s failure to provide basic services to its tenants, a deficiency demonstrated by information that NYCHA itself provided in answer to a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. NYCHA’s response revealed that tens of thousands of residents have already suffered heat, hot water or complete water outages during the first three months of the 2019 – 2020 heat season (October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019), according to the New York Post.

Outages / October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

  Number of Outages Number of Impacted Apartments Number of Impacted Residents
Heat 331 61,637 134,330
Hot Water 642 84,484 186,154
Water 273 32,146 71,177
Total 1,246 178,267 391,661

 

Developments with the most outages / October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

  Development Number of Outages Number of Impacted Apartments Number of Impacted Residents
Heat Williamsburg 24 966 1,693
Hot Water Astoria 35 1,104 2,980
Water Justice Sonia Sotomayor Houses 21 1,017 2,149
Total     3,087 6,822

 

“NYCHA is clearly still unable to ensure that utility systems seamlessly provide for residents, and these numbers confirm what we hear from our clients on a regular basis. These outages could be meaningfully addressed with the right resources,” said Lucy Newman, Staff Attorney with the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society.