Local Officials Pushing for More Public Housing Funding After Report on Living Conditions

Local officials are pushing for more funding for public housing in the city following a new report Thursday that highlighted what they say are unhealthy living conditions.

Councilman Ritchie Torres of the Bronx and State Senator Jeff Klein said their offices conducted a survey of about 200 residents in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings, asking them about their living conditions.

Officials said 60 percent of those surveyed reported a current or past mold issue, and 63 percent said that they live with something damaged or broken in their apartment, ranging from crumbling walls to falling ceilings and broken intercoms.

More than half the tenants surveyed also said their building's condition makes them feel unsafe.

The report found that tenants waited up to five years for repairs to their units.

Last year, the state's Independent Democratic Conference secured $100 million in funding towards public housing repairs, but officials are advocating for more.

"Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein is in a unique position to help win additional funding for NYCHA in the State Budget," a NYCHA spokesperson said. "We look forward to standing with him at his next press conference announcing the number of repairs completed with funds he helped secure."

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