FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2019
NYCHA CONTINUES WEEKEND MAINTENANCE WORK ORDER BLITZES AT SIX DEVELOPMENTS
The Authority will be out across the City on Saturday with additional staff at six developments to tackle nearly 1,000 open maintenance work orders and hundreds of annual recertifications for residents.
NYCHA will continue to hold its Saturday blitz effort twice a month to address residents’ repair work order backlogs at developments citywide.
NEW YORK – The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced today it will provide additional maintenance and property management staff to quickly perform repairs and assist public housing residents at six developments across the City as part of its Saturday blitz initiative.
“Our Saturday blitzes continue to help the Authority tackle its maintenance work order backlog while also supporting public housing residents with weekend office hours,” said NYCHA Interim Chair and CEO Kathryn Garcia. “We will continue to find innovative ways to improve the living conditions for all NYCHA families as we work to preserve affordable housing across the City.”
“NYCHA’s hardworking maintenance and property management staff will be ready at six developments today to address our residents’ needs and provide repairs in their homes,” said NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo. “We are proud our Saturday blitzes have been able to bring real change and improvements for all NYCHA families. Every completed repair is a step forward, and we remain determined to be a better landlord for all of our residents.”
Staff closed nearly 8,000 maintenance work orders and completed more than 1,500 annual income recertifications at over 50 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, March 9. 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.