Last Tuesday, the head of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) finally admitted that his agency was under-prepared to deal with the lingering aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The following day, Chairman Rhea went on to testify at a NYC Council oversight hearing that NYCHA dragged its feet after the storm. Rhea explained, "Some buildings, we got to five days after. Some buildings, we got to into the second week."
Admitting wrongdoing is an important symbolic step, but giving neglected New Yorkers the rent abatement they need and deserve is a concrete action Chairman Rhea must take.More »
GRITtv's Laura Flanders recently sat down with ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson to discuss the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and ColorOfChange's campaign — calling on NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea to immediately reimburse rent payments wrongly collected from storm-impacted NYCHA residents. On the eve of the President's State of the Union address, the conversation also touched on the need to recommit to justice for Black communities, whose wealth has been decimated by the housing crisis.More »
Last week, NYC Council Progressive Caucus Members joined ColorOfChange and partners to demand NYCHA Chairman John Rhea provide full rent abatements for public housing residents. The coalition held a press conference prior to a NYC Council oversight hearing discussing the New York City Housing Authority's (NYCHA) emergency planning and management in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Chairman Rhea was a no-show at the hearing -- it's the second hearing he has missed on the issue this week, a clear message that he can't be bothered to hear the rightful claims of NYCHA's tax-paying residents.
Watch the clip from the press conference above and hear from NYCHA residents in their own words. After you watch, join us to demand Chairman Rhea immediately reimburse rent wrongly collected from storm-impacted NYCHA residents.More »
On Friday, the House responded to Republican fury and provided $9.7 billion to cover insurance claims filed by individuals whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Officials from New York and New Jersey pushed hard for the legislation and many responded with outrage when Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) adjourned the previous Congress without taking up the $60.4 billion aid bill that the Senate had passed.
It seems that Congress has responded to the pressure to deliver relief for Sandy victims. But some of the most vulnerable citizens of New York City still await much-needed action from the New York City Housing Authority.More »
Monday night, as thousands of low- and fixed-income public housing residents face uncertainty in storm-damaged buildings, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) threw itself a big holiday bash. According to an internal email obtained by the NY Daily News, the four-hour affair wined and dined employees on the taxpayers' dime.
The timing for the holiday bash couldn't be worse. Just over a month ago, 35,000 low-income Black and Latino children, families, and elderly and sick public housing residents were left to suffer in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.More »
Today, ColorOfChange launched a campaign demanding that NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea grant immediate rent relief to storm-impacted public housing residents that were left to suffer — for up to three weeks — without essential services in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. An initial flat-footed response by NYCHA dragged out the weeks until power could be safely restored. But now, NYCHA expects full rent payments upfront for both November and December, acknowledging no responsibility for the serious health, safety and financial toll its negligence continues to take on residents. NYCHA should be working around the clock to abate the needless suffering it has caused residents — not taking steps to compound it.
Please join us in demanding Chairman John Rhea immediately suspend rent collection for storm-impacted NYCHA residents, and credit payments already made. Read the email we sent to our members after the jump.