March 31, 2016
By NYC Public Advocate Letitia James
New York , NY – Every New Yorker deserves a home with basic decencies, like heat during the winter months, but for too long many NYCHA tenants have been left in the cold. Recently, my office settled a lawsuit that will protect public housing residents throughout our City.
For years, NYCHA adhered to an illegal and immoral policy in which they would only turn the heat on in some buildings if the temperature outside was below 20 degrees – a blatant violation of New York City law. That is why my office filed a lawsuit against NYCHA in December on behalf of public housing residents who had to endure freezing winter months because they didn't have heat in their apartments.
On March 30th we reached a settlement in this lawsuit that will ensure all tenants have heat and that NYCHA is held accountable for any breach of heating policies in the future. This settlement marks a step forward for public housing residents.
Together, we will build a stronger New York City where all residents have access to safe and decent housing and where communities can thrive.