Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
National Edition
Produced by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Public Housing Tenants Hung Out To Dry In Wake Of Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy slammed NYC, tens of thousands of public housing
tenants were left without power, heat, and running water; elderly & disabled
residents were trapped on the upper floors of the developments, oftentimes
lacking food and water and life essential medical needs. Weeks after the
wind roared and the water surged the voices of New York City Housing
Authority (“NYCHA”) tenants continued to be drowned out, amidst the
complacency of NYCHA to the still unresolved issues and conditions.

When NYCHA management finally met with the tenants, long after Sandy
came and went it was greeted by the pained and angry protestation of the
tenants due to its failure to show concern for, response to and accountability
for the horrible conditions that many still endure. The chorus of residents
decried NYCHA’s response to refusing immediate rent abatements, to
compensate them for their suffering and losses during & in the aftermath of
the hurricane. Chanting "No services, no rent," many of the residents left
the meeting in disgust to reconvene later, formulate demands and plan to
take their complaints to NYCHA headquarters.


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