FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2019
WEEKEND MAINTENANCE WORK ORDER BLITZ TO PROVIDE REPAIRS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS
Staff will tackle hundreds of open maintenance work orders and assist residents with annual recertifications.
NEW YORK – The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced today it will mobilize maintenance and property management staff at six developments across the City to assist public housing residents, as part of its Saturday blitz initiative.
Since the initiative started last December, staff have closed over 8,700 maintenance work orders and completed more than 1,800 annual income recertifications at nearly 60 developments citywide during the Authority’s prior Saturday blitzes.
“Bringing much-needed repairs and assisting our residents’ needs is our most basic responsibility as a landlord,” said NYCHA Interim Chair and CEO Kathryn Garcia. “The Authority will continue to provide our successful weekend blitzes twice a month as part of our ongoing effort to improve resident quality of life.”
“Our weekend blitzes continue to show results, with over 8,700 maintenance work orders closed in less than four months,” said NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo. “We are not stopping there, as our maintenance and property management staff stand at the ready today to assist our residents at six developments. NYCHA is determined to improve our residents’ homes and become a better landlord.”
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 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 more complex repair backlogs – make up major components of NYCHA 2.0, a plan to ensure quality affordable housing for all NYCHA residents.
NYCHA will continue to hold its Saturday blitz effort twice a month to address residents’ repair work order backlogs at developments citywide.
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.