An elderly NYCHA tenant almost lost the Brooklyn apartment she lived in for close to two decades, through no fault of her own, but now thanks to NY1 For You, she will be staying put. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
Elizabeth Pulgiano, 85, came close to losing her Brooklyn home and she has no idea why.
"My mom's been here over 15 years, we never had a problem," says Joseph Pulgiano, Elizabeth's son.
The trouble began when Elizabeth Pulgiano and her landlord, John Franzitta, received notice that the Section 8 tenant might lose her rent subsidy because of missing paperwork. But they say that paperwork was submitted.
NY1 For You first reported on this situation back in July. It all started the year before, when Franzitta did not receive the annual form to renew his tenant's lease from the New York City Housing Authority.
He says a NYCHA rep told him the agency did away with the form and asked him to send a letter.
"They said they never got it. I resent it back to them in October, November, they said they never got the paperwork," says Franzitta.
Pulgiano was also required to send paperwork, which her son claims he did three times. He even hand-delivered it once, and still NYCHA claimed it never arrived.
Finally in March, NYCHA notified Franzitta that they received the paperwork and everything was approved. He thought the matter was settled until he received a notice from NYCHA in May that Pulgiano was removed from the rent subsidy rolls because paperwork was not filed.
After NY1 contacted NYCHA, Pulgiano got a hearing with the agency. Almost two months later, and almost a year since Franzitta has received the full amount of NYCHA's portion of the rent, a spokeswoman for NYCHA told NY1 the agency has been in contact with the landlord and is working toward a resolution.
She went on to say Pulgiano should suffer no penalty or threat of eviction, as long as she pays her share of the rent while the matter is being resolved.
It is not good enough for the tenant or landlord, who want to know what caused the mix-up and why they had to suffer for NYCHA's mistake.
NY1 asked NYCHA that very question repeatedly but received no answer.
For now, Pulgiano is pleased just to be done with the lengthy and unnecessary battle.