The Real Deal New York

City’s temporary housing is rife with violations

Residents faces lead paint, collapsed ceilings and roach infestations

February 01, 2015 02:00PM

A homeless family and 1016 East 174th Street in the Bronx

A homeless family and 1016 East 174th Street in the Bronx

Thousands of New Yorkers are now living in poorly kept “cluster units” as the city’s homeless population tops 59,000.

For instance, 594 Park Place in Brooklyn has 20 units and 37 open-code violations, including lead paint and nonworking smoke detectors, according to the New York Daily News. Another temporary housing project at 19 West Mosholu Parkway North in the Bronx has 50 units and 63 open-code violations, including lead paint and collapsed ceilings.

Yet another building at 1016 E. 174th Street in the Bronx with 35 units, has 100 open-code violations, including roaches, water leaks and lead paint.

“I’ve developed depression. I got high blood pressure. I cry a lot. I sleep a lot. I just hate being here. It’s just crazy,” Carol Byrd, 50, who was placed in a one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx with her husband and three children, told the Daily News. “It doesn’t matter where. I just want to get out of here.”[NYDN]Christopher Cameron

  • RE Kid

    Welcome to the world of REAL nyc landlords… Not made easier by the city riding your back for every small violation.

  • Charles Dale

    This is how the world treats you if you have little money. If any of these people were worth 10 million dollars, real estate agents would be fighting tooth and nail over them so they could get a commission. Money is what people care about not other people. The world loves money, health, good looks, youth and fame. The less of these things you have, the less the world wants to know you. We have made money our god and that is one of the reasons the world is screwed up. We care about the wrong things. Athletes, actors and actors get paid millions of dollars a year and if you care for the elderly, you make minimum wage. This is what us humans do when left to our own doings? Pathetic.

  • A broker

    What do real estate agents wanting to earn a commission have to do with these people’s plight?

    • BH

      nothing. the people we work with have jobs

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