Once among the nation's best-run housing authorities, NYCHA today is the nation's largest public housing authority. But, continued underfunding along with aging infrastructure has changed all of that for NYCHA's 400K+ residents.
According to the folks over at ProPublica:
- Dirty, black water has periodically poured in from walls, pipes, and radiators.
- Water leaked like a facuet from a light fixture in the lobby of a apartment building for 1+ week. The fix? A bucket under the leak.
- Mold is causing coughing and skin rashes in children.
Check it out.
If one was to believe the NYCHA authorities, they're making great strides despite continued underfunding:
- providing improved customer service;
- quicker repairs; and,
- clearing out the backlog of 330k repair requests, allegedly cutting it by 95%.
Really? Some data:
- On average, basic maintenance in February 2015 took about twice as long as the NYCHA 7-day target, and longer than it did 1 year ago. To wit: A plumbing job took an average of 49 days, a paint job 53 days, and plastering 63 days.
- What oftentimes gets fixed is the symptoms, not the disease.
And that points to what constitutes the issue that's being neglected as NYCHA authorities focus upon the problems. By fixing the symptoms and not the disease, more and more "tickets" get written to fix all of the problems residents identify. Then, as those tickets get processed through the system, days and weeks add up before those symptoms get fixed. And that's all that ends up getting fixed.
But why? One could speculate that doing so provides jobs, in general, and union jobs, in particular. Why fix the disease once and for all when a recurring problem will keep all of those union tradesmen happily employed? "Too expensive," the government-union complex will assert. Yet, fixing the same symptom time and again oftentimes ends up costing more than does dealing with the disease upfront. Why spend $2 for what would have cost $1 doing it right the first time?
Could it possibly be that continuously fixing problems equals jobs? Jobs equals dues? Dues equals income to the local for "donations" to politicians and generous salary increases for union bosses?
Whether the government should be running subsidized housing is an important question. However, the more important matter is that real people are living in those "apartments"--they used to be called "tenaments"--and they don't deserve to be treated the way they are being treated by those public "servants" and union bosses.
Where's Jack Kemp when he's really needed?
Let the discussion begin...
To read the ProPublica expose, click on the following link: