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Public Housing Residents Give NYCHA a Failing Grade

Monday, August 08, 2011

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Public housing buildings are falling into disrepair at a rate faster than the New York City Housing Authority can keep up with them, according to a resident survey.

Five community groups conducted the first-of-its-kind survey that asked 1,400 residents living in 71 public housing complexes — about 1/5 of the NYCHA developments —to give the authority a letter grade on a variety of issues.

Fifty-seven percent gave a 'D' or 'F' for the maintenance, and the overall grade for management was a 'C-'.

Martha Lopez, a resident of 20 years of the Jacob Riis development on Manhattan's Lower East Side, said the findings aren't surprising. She said her requests to fix a recurring leak in her bedroom wall had gone unanswered, and she was thinking of fixing it herself.

"If I can find instructions on how to seal this wall, I would do it. I don't care what I have to pay for it," said Lopez, who added that she'd already making small repairs herself. "But you know sometimes I think that could get my neighbors upset, because then [management] might start thinking that everybody could do their own repairs."

Sheila Stainback, a spokeswoman for NYCHA, said in a statement that the authority is under-funded and its aging buildings require a great deal of repair.

She said the authority is already working on a range of short-term solutions, but warned that it could lose $200 million in federal funding this year, and such a loss would mean that 70,000 apartments could go without even basic repairs.

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D. Apple from 250 Broadway

Be very conscious folks. What appears to be a good move for security purposes, might turn out as a tool to monitor your personal whereabouts. That electronic key that they issue you most likely will be some form of a smart card or keyfob. It could be GPS enabled. Your movements can be traced. Look up the article about the cat that made it from Colorado to NYC. That chip implanted as kitten gave information on who his rightful owner was. If that chip was GPS enabled, that cat would not have made it that far. N.Y.C.H.A. residents WAKE UP to the intricate motives of your landlord. I’m a IT student, so I have to be aware of these issues. The direction there moving in is frighting. Maybe a fingerprint/palm or a biometric scan is too intrusive for them at this point. N.Y.C.H.A. thinks that the people who live in their developments are not tech savvy, but they are sadly mistaken. I’m one of them, and I can SEE what their PLANS for us poor folk. are. Down the line they’ll know who is a visitor, guest or NOT, how long they stayed there, and when they left. Also, look up RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) with your internet browser. Another good topic is the REAL ID ACT.

P.S. Count you blessings one by one. Count your many blessings and SEE what GOD has done!

Sep. 21 2011 01:33 AM

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