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Tens of thousands of NYCHA residents don’t have heat or hot water

October 26, 2018 By Sara Bosworth Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Ingersoll Houses, one of 87 NYCHA housing projects in Brooklyn. Image data ©Google Maps 2018
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Since Oct. 18, at least 35,475 tenants of New York City public housing have gone through stretches with no hot water or heat, the New York Post reported. Chairman of the Citywide Council of Presidents Daniel Barber testified on Wednesday that “NYCHA isn’t ready for the heating season.”

Last year, NYCHA experienced a massive heating-system failure when more than 320,000 tenants lost access to their heat and hot water. “We were here in this same position … last year, and the only difference is the year,” Barber said.

The Post reports that NYCHA counted 70 outages for heat and 161 for hot water across 22 developments.

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Natalia Singh, a 25-year-old resident who lives in the Pink Houses in East New York with her 5-year-old daughter, told the Post that she regularly has to boil water to bathe her child.

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