FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2019
NYCHA CLOSES OVER 7,000 MAINTENANCE WORK ORDERS THROUGH SATURDAY BLITZES, CONTINUES INITIATIVE THIS WEEKEND
Through an expanded effort, the Authority will be out across the City on Saturday, with additional staff at eight developments tackling nearly 1,000 open maintenance work orders and hundreds of annual recertifications for residents.
NEW YORK – The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced today it has closed over 7,500 maintenance work orders in just eight weekends as part of its Saturday blitz effort. The Authority will continue its initiative this weekend, mobilizing additional maintenance and property management staff to quickly perform repairs and assist public housing residents at eight developments across the City.
“Through our Saturday blitzes, we are bringing much-needed repairs and providing essential assistance to our residents,” said NYCHA Interim Chair and CEO Kathryn Garcia. “Thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s leadership, we will continue to find ways to transform the Authority in order to improve the living conditions of all NYCHA families while keeping housing affordable for future generations.”
“We are proud to have completed over 7,500 maintenance work orders since the start of the program, and we will carry this momentum into the future. NYCHA staff will be ready to provide repairs and assist residents at eight developments across the City,” said NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo. “We remain focused on serving our residents, listening to their concerns, and being a better landlord.”
Previously, staff closed over 7,500 maintenance work orders and completed more than 1,300 annual income recertifications at over 40 developments citywide during the Authority’s prior Saturday blitzes.
While NYCHA developments have limited staffing during weekends, staff will assist residents and address the maintenance work order backlog at:
Regular and extra staff will be on-site from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 23. Also, Housing Assistants are 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 ensure 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.