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News Hundreds join together to end violence in Melrose

Hundreds of South Bronx church members marched to end violence in Melrose on Sunday. Participants who marched in the Feast of the Mother of Perpetual Help say they are not happy with safety and housing conditions in Melrose and are demanding change.

Bad Day for NYC Public-Housing Agency

MANHATTAN (CN) - Moments after a federal judge rapped the New York City Housing Authority on Tuesday for not cleaning up moldy apartments, the city's comptroller's found the agency unprepared for the Big Apple's next disaster. The mold finding comes from a class action that South Bronx community leader Maribel Baez brought two years on behalf of hundreds of thousands of public-housing residents fed up with agency foot-dragging.

Judge blasts NYCHA, agrees to appoint special master to deal with toxic mold in aging apartments

A federal judge — fed up with NYCHA’s inability to abate toxic mold in its aging apartments — has agreed to appoint a special master to enforce a two-year-old pact to fix the problem

Bill breaks the mold at NYCHA

Ho, hum, a judge imposed a special master on Mayor de Blasio in the hope of preventing one of his agencies from further damaging New Yorkers’ health. Ho, hum, the agency is the New York City Housing Authority, which the mayor had vowed to reform as a top priority.

Turning vacant lots into affordable homes

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s recent report that identified 1,130 vacant and city-owned lots is shocking, but all too familiar. Every empty lot represents a missed opportunity for the city to build more desperately needed affordable housing. What’s more, building on vacant sites means that no residents need to be displaced in the process, nor is there a need for the kind of complicated and controversial trade-offs that have mired Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed housing plan in a heated debate with housing advocates and community boards.

EXCLUSIVE: Roof repairs at Harlem NYCHA building made leaks worse, say tenants

When it rains, it pours — right through her ceiling. But the 70-year-old woman, who lives in the King Towers in Harlem, is prepared. The public housing resident has created an elaborate network of aluminum foil aqueducts, taped to the ceiling to channel the deluge into buckets placed strategically on the floor. The jury-rigged funnel system keeps the rainfall off her television, her stove and her 2-year-old son, Josito.

Housing group opposes de Blasio's Vatican speech because of NYCHA mold problems

Housing advocates want the Vatican to freeze out Mayor de Blasio at a climate change conference in Rome Tuesday. They say Hizzoner’s invitation to deliver the keynote address should be pulled because of his environmental record at home. De Blasio is set to fly to Italy Monday night and give a speech, titled “Modern Slavery and Climate Change,” at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Tuesday.

NYCHA not obeying order to fix mold in hundreds of units, tenants' lawyers say

The housing authority is in “systemic noncompliance” with a court-ordered agreement to clean up the toxic mold that infests so many aging apartments, attorneys for tenants say. A year ago NYCHA entered into a federal consent decree, promising to abate mold in hundreds of apartments where tenants with asthma live to avoid a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Ac

Mr. Mayor, here’s how it’s done: Lessons from the affordable housing frontlines

Mayor de Blasio has made the creation of higher density apartments in East New York the centerpiece of his housing agenda. Oddly, his administration never bothered to ask us for our thoughts on its plans to build on the work we’ve been succesfully doing there for 30 years.

NYCHA Tenants Pack Brownsville Church to Demand Repairs

Standing at the pulpit, Nancy Baptiste led her congregation in reciting not amens or hymns, but the number most public housing tenants have committed to memory: 7-1-8-7-0-7-7-7-7-1 That’s the phone number New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA, tenants call when something needs to be fixed. Too often, Baptiste said, no one shows up, the wrong work gets done, or the maintenance crew makes the problem worse.

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