Officials charge unlivable conditions at Bushwick NYCHA development
Elected officials in Brooklyn demanded Friday that the New York City Housing Authority address leaks, mold and other issues of habitability in at least 18 apartments at 24 Humboldt St. in Bushwick.
Water leaks, which NYCHA described as a result of a roof leak, have created a cascade of issues, including visible mold and strong mold odors, damage to walls, floors, and kitchen cabinets, and peeling paint, according to the officials.
One tenant reported that her cabinets fell on her, physically injuring her. NYCHA removed the cabinets, but has not since replaced them, the officials said. In another case, a tenant had a kitchen sink replaced, but the sink has not yet been connected to a water line, the officials said.
“We are incredibly disturbed by the poor living conditions pervasive throughout NYCHA’s 24 Humboldt Street development,” said Congressmember Nydia Velázquez (D-North Brooklyn). “There is an unacceptable volume of water leaks, mold, and damaged infrastructure that we witnessed firsthand inside the building.”
“All Brooklynites should have the opportunity to live in high-quality housing and managing agencies, like NYCHA, should function with the utmost integrity to ensure families are in safe, livable homes,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso.
“Let’s stop putting the blame on inadequate funding and learn to prioritize repairs. The tenants at the 24 Humboldt Street building are frustrated and devastated. We as elected officials will not stand by to wait til NYCHA addresses the matter. It’s been over a year, we need a plan of action,” said Assemblymember Maritza Davila (D-Bushwick).
“This is not the first time we are standing in front of a NYCHA building standing beside tenants demanding better living conditions. The claims being made today are of no surprise to anyone. These are the same issues that have been plaguing many public housing residents—lack of repairs, lack of service and outright negligence,” said State Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Williamsburg-Bushwick-Cypress Hills).
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