The Trump Administration will get a first-hand look at the conditions inside NYCHA properties this month.
Department of Housing and Urban Development regional administrator Lynne Patton announced Sunday that she’s planning to spend four weeks living in New York City’s public housing communities.
“I will be residing with 4 different families in 4 different public housing properties each week,” Patton posted to Facebook Sunday. “I have my own inflatable bed, towel, portable chargers and will be purchasing all groceries for the family for the duration, so not to generate any undue expenses.”
Patton’s stay will begin Monday morning in the Patterson Houses in the South Bronx, where residents either never heard of her or were skeptical of her intentions.
“Who the hell is Lynne Patton?” asked Carline Campbell, a Patterson Houses resident of more than 20 years. “Anything from Trump I don’t trust. I don’t think she wants to help.”
Patton’s decision to see how her constituents live comes less than two weeks after HUD secretary Ben Carson announced a Washington-appointed monitor will be brought in to call the shots at NYCHA, the largest public housing authority in the country.
NYCHA properties have been plagued with issues for years, from a lack of heat and hot water to rampant health risks associated with lead paint. The federal government considered taking full receivership of the system this year, but stopped short after heavy push-back from local community groups and politicians.
“Half the time there’s no heat, no hot water,” said NYCHA resident Lisa Jones, 50. “(Patton) could stay here all she wants. She ain’t staying in our apartment. What’s she supposed to do? Go back and report to Trump?”