Rep. Maloney Applauds Governor Cuomo for Expanding Health Care Services and Testing to NYCHA Residents

Apr 21, 2020
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY- Following Governor Cuomo’s announcement that New York State has launched a new partnership with Ready Responders to expand essential COVID-19 health care services to NYCHA residents, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement commending the actions taken to protect the health and safety of NYCHA residents.

 

“Public housing residents have much higher rates of asthma, diabetes, and other underlying health conditions that place them at a much greater risk of contracting COVID-19, and New York’s response to this crisis must address their needs. I am incredibly thankful that Governor Cuomo and Ready Responders is launching this initiative to bring critical health care services and COVID-19 diagnostic testing to NYC public housing residents. I am especially grateful that my constituents who live in Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing development in the nation, will be included in the initial phase of this program.  New York State must continue working to protect the health and safety of the over half a million New Yorkers who live in NYCHA residences who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.”

 

Background

  • The initial pilot program will begin this week at public housing developments   across New York City, including Queensbridge Houses and Brevoort Houses in Queens; Highbridge Houses, Edenwald Houses, Washington Houses and Andrew Jackson Houses in the Bronx; and Red Fern Houses and Hammel Houses in Brooklyn.

 

  • Today, Governor Cuomo also announced New York State will deliver more than 500,000 cloth masks — which is enough for at least mask per resident — and 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to public housing communities.

 

  • On April 7, Congresswoman Maloney led the New York City Congressional Delegation in a letter demanding NYCHA address residents’ concerns about cleanliness and lack of communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the full letter and press release here.