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NYCHA Residents Will Get Credit for Sandy Problems

NYCHA head John Rhea promised a credit for residents in January, but they are still on the hook for their full rent.

For about two weeks now, many New York City Housing Authority residents have been without electricity and heat, but they will still have to pay full rent until January, bfore they can receive a credit, according to the New York Daily News.

NYCHA Chairman John Rhea stopped by the Red Hook Houses on Monday, where tenants have been left in the cold and dark since Oct. 29, and told one tenant to “hang in there.”

"You're going to get a rent credit. It's a nice little Christmas present," Rhea said to a woman waiting for Red Cross blankets, according to the Daily News.

And while Rhea likens the credit to a gift, Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio railed against the NYCHA head for continuing to charge residents full rent for living in deplorable conditions.

"NYCHA should cease rent collection in affected developments until basic services are restored, such as electricity, heat and hot water,” de Blasio wrote to Rhea, according to the paper. “No tenant in public housing should be forced to pay the city for rent they do not actually owe."

When asked by Red Hook Houses residents when their utilities would return, Rhea was vague, saying that power should be back in the next two days and hot water would return “long before Thanksgiving.”

As of Monday, 4,400 NYCHA tenants in Red Hook, Coney Island and Far Rockaway were still without power, while 18,000 residents in 14 public housing developments in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan still had no hot water or heat.

fit4ufor3rd November 13, 2012 at 09:17 PM
hot water would return “long before Thanksgiving too late for that isnt it?
Joe Gonzalez November 14, 2012 at 01:46 PM
John Rhea is the same bald faced liar who publicly stated NYCHA had no money for repairs. It only recently developed via investigative reporting by the New York Daily News that NYCHA bank accounts hold one billion dollars of unspent repair funds. And, it further developed that NYCHA has $43 million dollars in unspent Homeland Security funds for security cameras it received EIGHT YEARS AGO! John Rhea MUST be fired.
MissDee November 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Credit!!! They should not be charged period. It's time for all NYCH tenants to stand together for better living conditions. NYCH is out of control and has no respect for its tenants it's time for all tenants to meet at 250 Broadway!!

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