FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2019
NYCHA CONTINUES SUCCESSFUL CITYWIDE SATURDAY BLITZES IN 2019
After NYCHA’s Saturday Blitzes last month, the Authority will be out across the City again on Saturday at five developments to tackle open maintenance work orders, annual recertifications for residents.
Nearly 2,000 maintenance work orders were closed in December as part of citywide Saturday blitzes.
NEW YORK — Today, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo joined staff for the 2019 kickoff of the Authority’s Saturday blitz effort, as part of NYCHA’s push to find innovative ways to quickly perform repairs and effectively engage and assist public housing residents.
Last month, staff closed nearly 2,000 maintenance work orders and completed over 220 annual income recertifications at 10 developments citywide during the Authority’s Saturday blitzes on December 8 and December 15.
“The success of our Saturday work order blitz effort last month demonstrates how innovative solutions can provide repairs quickly and effectively to our residents across the five boroughs,” said NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo. “Under the leadership of Mayor de Blasio, NYCHA will be a better landlord in 2019 by continuing initiatives, like this, to address our residents’ needs and bring real improvements to their homes.”
While NYCHA developments have limited staffing during most weekends, staff will respond to nearly 1,000 maintenance work orders at Wagner Houses in Manhattan; Albany Houses in Brooklyn; St. Mary’s Park Houses and Morrisania Air Rights/Jackson Houses in the Bronx and South Jamaica Houses in Queens.
Regular and extra staff will be on site from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 12. Also, Housing Assistants will be available at the respective management offices to help residents with their annual income recertifications.
Efforts like the Saturday blitz initiative and the expansion of NYCHA Cares – a $20 million initiative funded by the de Blasio administration to tackle the skilled trades backlogs – make up major components of NYCHA 2.0, a plan to assure quality affordable housing for all NYCHA residents.
These work orders do not include emergency health and safety repairs, which are addressed immediately by the Authority.
NYCHA’s mission is to increase opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services. Over 390,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA’s 316 public housing developments and PACT/RAD developments formerly managed by NYCHA around the five boroughs. Over 190,000 receive subsidized rental assistance in private homes through the NYCHA-administered Section 8 Leased Housing Program. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/nycha, and for regular updates on NYCHA news and services, connect with us via www.facebook.com/NYCHA and www.twitter.com/NYCHA.