Officials tour NYCHA building in Kingsbridge, push for federal funding

"I use the space heaters and then, if it's really cold, I have to unfortunately turn on the oven, which is not a safe thing," said one tenant.

News 12 Staff

Feb 9, 2022, 1:12 AM

Updated 840 days ago

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The city’s Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams and Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson toured the Fort Independence Houses in Kingsbridge, where tenants have complained about issues for months.
Tiara Napier's 13th-floor apartment was the first stop on the tour. She says she worries about keeping her three kids warm enough to sleep at night, especially her newborn and her teen with cerebral palsy. She knows her only options are dangerous after the Twin Parks tragedy.
"I use the space heaters and then, if it's really cold, I have to unfortunately turn on the oven, which is not a safe thing," she said.
Other tenants told a similar story, but expanded to include lack of hot water, leaks and mold.
Officials told News 12 that a mobile boiler outside the building was installed over two months ago to help temporarily with heat and hot water issues in the building.
Gibson called for the federal government to step in.
"We want money, we want resources, $80 billion that we stand to get in the Build Back Better Act," she said outside the NYCHA apartment building.
NYCHA says they anticipate restoring the permanent internal boiler in early spring. They say they've invested more than $1 million on refurbishing the boilers and installing the mobile boiler at Fort Independence.


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