Lack of Authority

The city’s public housing agency knew where its disabled and elderly residents lived when superstorm Sandy struck. That doesn’t mean it was able to aid them afterward. But who should have?

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Housing Authority tenants take home repairs into their own hands

On a bright day in April, Ivis Rosado opened her kitchen windows to allow dust to escape from her fifth floor apartment in the Andrew Jackson Houses, while her father, Fernando, diligently worked on chipping layers of plaster from her hallway walls. For the first time in 30 years, the patchwork of plaster piled on […]

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Lawsuits against Housing Authority surge as tenants seek speedy repairs

The number of tenants suing the New York City Housing Authority for repairs surged 40 percent between 2010 and 2011 and has nearly doubled in the last decade, as tenants suffering long waits to get leaks, crumbling plaster and other conditions fixed in their apartments seek to fast-track the arrival of maintenance crews. Tenants filed 1,248 […]

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