FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2019
NYCHA TO TACKLE WORK ORDER BACKLOG IN SECOND CITYWIDE SATURDAY BLITZ OF 2019
NYCHA will continue its Saturday blitz effort this month to address its repair work order backlog and assist residents with annual recertifications.
NEW YORK — Today, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will be out across the City at five developments for its second Saturday blitz of 2019, as part of NYCHA's push to find innovative ways to quickly perform repairs and effectively engage and assist public housing residents.
Previously, staff closed nearly 3,000 maintenance work orders and completed over 350 annual income recertifications at 15 developments citywide during the Authority's Saturday blitzes on December 8, December 15 and January 12.
"Last week, our hardworking staff completed nearly 1,000 work orders in a single day and we will continue this momentum today at five developments across the City with maintenance staff at the ready and management offices open. The success of our Saturday work order blitz effort demonstrates how the Authority is finding solutions to quickly offer repairs and provide our residents with the assistance they deserve," said NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo. "Under the leadership of Mayor de Blasio, we remain focused on being a better landlord, and that means addressing our residents' needs and bringing real improvements to their homes."
While NYCHA developments have limited staffing during weekends, staff will respond to nearly 1,000 maintenance work orders at Gompers Houses in Manhattan, Bay View and Red Hook West Houses in Brooklyn, Sotomayor Houses in the Bronx, and Queensbridge South Houses in Queens.
Regular and extra staff will be on site from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 19. 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.