Rep. Maloney Statement in Support of NYCHA Tenant Lawsuit

Dec 13, 2019
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today joined tenant associations as they launched their lawsuit against NYCHA demanding the timely completion of necessary repairs. In addition to voicing her unwavering support for these New Yorkers, the Congresswoman announced new legislation, the Public Housing Residents Protection Act, to ensure that when a public housing authority sells or leases some of its assets, that it financially benefits those public housing residents.

“Every week, my office responds to calls from NYCHA tenants seeking assistance with repairs for broken elevators, vermin infestations, lack of heat and hot water, and broken intercoms. It is unacceptable that anyone is made to live in these conditions, and that residents often file multiple work order requests for the same issue without ever receiving a response from NYCHA. I stand in solidarity with the residents of Holmes and Stanley Isaacs Houses, tenant leaders, and community groups who are fighting for necessary repairs in public housing without privatization. NYCHA tenants are not asking for special treatment, they are simply asking to be treated with respect,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12).

The Public Housing Residents’ Protection Act will:

  1. Ensure that when a public housing authority sells or leases some of its assets, the sale financially benefits those public housing residents, and the operational budgets of the authority, and that those benefits will be exhausted before the private company is able to sell or offer derivative services to the rest of the market for a profit.
  2. Ensure that the authority provide a certification upon selling or leasing any asset, that shows in quantifiable terms how that sale or lease will financially benefit the residents or the authority’s budget.

 

Background

Congresswoman Maloney is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 4546, The Public Housing Emergency Response Act which would provide the $70 billion in funding necessary to remove health and safety hazards from public housing developments and service the 1.2 million families living in public housing across the country.

 

Congresswoman Maloney is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 5185, The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act which would invest up to $180 billion over ten years in in sustainable retrofits that include all needed repairs and eliminate carbon emissions in federal public housing.

 

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