Trump Sends A Babysitter To NYC To Oversee Public Housing Catastrophe Under Mayor De Blasio
NYC Mayor de Blasio has created an humanitarian crisis with his mismanagement of the city’s public housing, a situation that left thousands without heat, water or electricity and in horrific conditions. Tenants were dealing with mold, rodents, heating issues and lead paint. It was so bad, that HUD Director Lynne Patton decided to live in the public housing for a month to determine a game plan.
She moved in to the Patterson Houses in Mott Haven in February as part of a stint aimed at getting a firsthand look at conditions in the nation’s largest public housing system.
“What’s going on here is nothing short of a humanitarian crisis,” railed Patton, the regional director for US Department Housing and Urban Development, at the New Lane Houses. “It’s inhumane.”
Patton has been touring NYCHA housing for several weeks since the city reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a Washington-appointed monitor to oversee the housing system.
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) provides housing for low- and moderate-income residents throughout the five boroughs of New York City. De Blasio in directly in charge of that public housing, and mismanagement has created a nightmare.
When Patton showed up, and began uncovering the catastrophe, De Balsio supposedly decided that he might fix some heat and water, hoping that it would score him points.
“He started it by bragging about turning on heat and hot water,” Patton said while visiting NYCHA’s New Lane Shores, a senior citizen development. “You don’t get points for that.”
The Daily News has reported extensively on problems in the sprawling NYCHA system, from lead paint in thousands of apartments to toxic mold, failing boilers and buildings rife with vermin. More than 400,000 tenants live in NYCHA’s 175,000 apartments:
One resident, Ramona Rosa, 76, said she tripped and fell last week in the development’s backyard while walking her dog in an area that should have been fenced off. Her left arm was in a sling and a large bruise was under her left eye.
“It’s abusive. This is wearing us down,” said tenant Sonia Diaz-LaRocca, 75. “We are old people. Get that through your head. We’ve already paid our dues. I’ve never worked so hard in my life, and I’m supposed to be retired.”
Patton met at the South Shore development with tenant association president Scherisce Lewis-Clinton, who lived in an apartment with toxic mold from 2005 until 2018.
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In 2015, doctors discovered mold spores in her body. She had been on the list for a kidney transplant, but, because of the mold, in January 2018 she was told she could never get a transplant and would need to be on dialysis for the rest of her life.
In September 2018, she was finally transferred to a new apartment without mold in the same development.
Patton has lots of questions about what the city does with all the money it gets from Washington at a rate of $30 million a week.
“Where is it going? Why are so many people at NYCHA making more than $200,000? I don’t even make more than $200,000,” said Patton. “Why are people not getting the repairs that they need?”
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