FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2021
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NYCHA, BAEZ PLAINTIFFS REACH AGREEMENT ON MOLD, LEAK PROTECTIONS FOR RAD/PACT BUILDINGS
The agreement codifies rights and protections for NYCHA residents who live in properties that have undergone or are undergoing a conversion to Project-Based Section 8 through NYCHA initiatives
NEW YORK – The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Metro IAF affiliates Manhattan Together and South Bronx Churches, the plaintiff organizations in the Baez v. NYCHA litigation, announced today they have reached an agreement, subject to Court approval, that will provide robust protections to residents against mold, leaks and other excess moisture in NYCHA buildings that are transitioned to private management under the Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program.
“This agreement is a further step to ensuring NYCHA and its partners operate and manage all properties in a way that provides safe and quality housing to all of our residents,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Greg Russ. “PACT has already brought in nearly $1.8 billion toward capital improvements, and we are pleased to have reached this important agreement that will ensure NYCHA residents possess the rights and protections that they deserve to have.” This agreement will help ensure mold, leaks and other excess moisture are handled properly through key mechanisms, including:
“This agreement strikes a critical balance, which, if approved, will be a real benefit to tenants in RAD/PACT buildings,” said Rev. Getulio Cruz, Jr., a leader in Metro IAF. “It gives PACT developers the freedom to fix mold and leaks as works best for them, so long as those repairs are done properly and within thirty days. The agreement also gives all tenants access to the OCC and other protections. We are very excited to submit this agreement to the Court.”
Tawana Myers, a Metro IAF leader and resident of the Linden Houses, which is about to be converted to PACT management, stated: “This agreement will ensure my neighbors and I have the help we need to make sure mold and leak repairs are done right, every time.”
The Baez litigation is a 2013 class-action lawsuit brought by Manhattan Together, South Bronx Churches, and a class of NYCHA residents to compel NYCHA to address persistent mold and leak issues within NYCHA buildings. A 2018 Revised Consent Decree established NYCHA’s current standard procedures for the treatment and remediation of the root cause of mold and excessive moisture within buildings owned and managed by NYCHA. On April 12, 2021, after finding that the Revised Consent Decree did not cover residents in buildings that convert to the PACT/RAD program, the Court directed NYCHA and the Plaintiffs to draft an agreement that includes these residents as part of the Baez class.
About the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest public housing authority in North America, was created in 1935 to provide decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. NYCHA is home to roughly 1 in 15 New Yorkers across over 177,000 apartments within 335 housing developments. NYCHA serves over 350,000 residents through the conventional public housing program (Section 9), over 20,000 residents at developments that have been converted to PACT/RAD, and over 75,000 families through federal rent subsidies (the Section 8 Leased Housing Program). In addition, NYCHA connects residents to opportunities in financial empowerment, business development, career advancement, and educational programs. With a housing stock that spans all five boroughs, NYCHA is a city a within a city. 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.
About Metro IAF
Metro IAF is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation's first and largest network of multi-racial, multi-faith, broad-based citizens organizations. Metro IAF trains local institutional leaders to build non-partisan, citizen’s organizations and develops these leaders to act on issues facing their communities: housing, health care, education, living wages, immigration rights, internet access and others. Metro IAF’s four New York City affiliates, Manhattan Together, South Bronx Churches, East Brooklyn Congregations and Queens Power, have tens of thousands of constituents who live in public housing. These affiliates have been helping tenants to work for improvements in NYCHA housing for decades. For more information, please visit www.metro-iaf.org.