Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2019

CONTACT: media@nycha.nyc.gov

NYCHA COMPLETES NEARLY 12,000 REPAIRS THROUGH SUCCESSFUL SATURDAY BLITZES, CONTINUES EFFORT THIS WEEKEND

The Authority will continue to hold its Saturday blitz effort twice a month to address repair work order backlogs and assist residents with annual recertifications.

NEW YORK – As part of its successful Saturday maintenance blitz initiative, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced today it has addressed nearly 12,000 maintenance work orders for public housing residents citywide since last December. The Authority will continue its initiative this weekend, activating additional maintenance and property management staff to quickly perform repairs and assist residents at six developments across the five boroughs

“The success of our Saturday blitz initiative demonstrates how we can proactively make maintenance repairs and provide assistance when it’s most convenient for NYCHA families,” said NYCHA Interim Chair and CEO Kathryn Garcia. “In order to preserve affordable housing for generations, the Authority is working hard today to tackle its work order backlog and address resident concerns through innovative solutions.”

“NYCHA’s hardworking maintenance and property management staff will be out in full force across the City again this weekend to assist our residents’ needs and provide repairs in their homes,” said NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo. “Completing nearly 12,000 maintenance work orders for our residents as part of our Saturday blitz effort is an achievement, but there is more work to do as we strive to be a better landlord.”

Regular and extra staff will be on site from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. Also, Housing Assistants will be available at property management offices to help residents with their annual income recertifications.

While NYCHA developments have limited staffing during weekends, staff will assist residents and address the maintenance work order backlog at:

  • Morris Houses in the Bronx;
  • Pomonok Houses in Queens;
  • St. Nicholas and Wilson Houses in Manhattan;
  • Williamsburg Houses in Brooklyn; and
  • Stapleton Houses in Staten Island.

Since the initiative started in December 2018, staff have closed nearly 12,000 maintenance work orders and completed more than 2,700 annual income recertifications at over 80 developments citywide during the Authority’s prior Saturday blitzes.

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.

These work orders do not include emergency health and safety repairs, which are addressed immediately by the Authority.

About the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)

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/NYCHAand www.twitter.com/NYCHA.