Mayor de Blasio said it’s unacceptable that a family has been stuck in an unfurnished New York City Housing Authority apartment after their roof caved in this weekend.
“I don’t understand that,” de Blasio said of the family’s plight. “I really don’t and it’s not acceptable to me.”
But it’s the reality for the Jeter family, whose ceiling caved in on them at the Weeksville Gardens development in Brooklyn despite months of pleas to fix a leak. They were moved last weekend to a vacant unit in the Park Rock development — with a leaky toilet and no furniture.
Tricia Jeter dropped in on a press conference where de Blasio was handing off a set of keys to lucky Jasper Hurst, 79, after he signed a lease on a new affordable senior housing apartment.
“We have to get her and her family the help they deserve,” de Blasio said. “There’s no question about it.”
He declined to take a question from Jeter during the press conference, but met with her after, according to a tweet from de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips, who said the mayor promised to fix up her apartment within two weeks.
Hizzoner insisted the city was doing its best for NYCHA residents — thousands of whom have suffered during heat outages in recent weeks — with limited resources.
De Blasio said city agencies were working to help get the family’s new apartment furnished.
While the city routinely rents hotel rooms to put up homeless families, de Blasio and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glenn argued that was not the best option for the Jeter family — saying they were aiming to keep them in a NYCHA home.
“Our protocol is to identify another unit in the housing authority that is the appropriate size,” she said. “And we will immediately make sure that that apartment is more habitable.”
De Blasio was at Hurst's new apartment building to tout that the city had financed a record-high number of new affordable apartments in 2017, breaking a record previously set by Mayor Ed Koch in 1989.
The city financed 24,536 affordable homes last year, de Blasio said, with 7,177 of them being new construction and 17,359 being preserved.