Former New York Jet And Republican Mayoral Candidate The Rev. Michel Faulkner Joins Bronx Public Housing Tenants In Their Battle To Secure Better Living Conditions

Former New York Jet And Republican Mayoral Candidate The Rev. Michel Faulkner Joins Bronx Public Housing Tenants In Their Battle To Secure Better Living Conditions Former New York Jet And Republican Mayoral Candidate The Rev. Michel Faulkner Joins Bronx Public Housing Tenants In Their Battle To Secure Better Living Conditions

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(Bronx, NY) – Tenants at the Patterson Houses say they are being forced to live in deplorable conditions by the New York City Housing Authority which has refused to make emergency repairs or maintain their Bronx housing development.

The tenants asked for the city’s Health Department, Centers For Disease Controls, state and federal government health officials to investigate their apartments for health violations and provide emergency assistance.

Speaking during a recent press conference in the community room of the public housing development a group of tenants said their children and families are being exposed to serious health and safety risks living in apartments with crumbling walls, mold and broken plumbing. Others said their apartments did not have heat or hot water during the cold winter season.

Community Leader and Republican Mayoral Candidate the Rev. Michel Faulkner said that he has seen the deplorable conditions and has been working with the tenants to help them contact state and federal officials to get the emergency assistance the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has failed to provide.

“The citizens of NYCHA housing have been neglected by the administration,” the Rev. Faulkner said.  “They are paying rent at increasing rates and they are not getting the services they pay for. We can and we must do better.

“Heat and hot water are essential necessities,” Faulkner said. “Mold and pealing paint are preventable. I am here to lend my voice and business resources to help the citizens of this community. We cannot tolerate the marginalization of these New Yorkers. They matter.” 

Faulkner said that he has spoken with local union officials and business owners who say they are willing to help the tenants make the repairs but they need clearance from the city to proceed.

Tenant Leader Patricia Simpson said at a recent community meeting that she receives daily complaints from tenants who cannot use their bathrooms or kitchens because of unsafe conditions. Simpson said that others have complained about not having heat or hot water.

Tenant Tabitha Torres said that her bathroom is barely useable because of growing mold on the walls. Torres said that her child has asthma and she doesn’t know where to go for help.

Torres said that she put in numerous work orders with the Patterson Houses maintenance staff during the past year but her bathroom remains a health hazard as she showed pictures of mold and mildew covering walls in her apartment.

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