Public housing tenants shiver through cold weekend

Heating failed in three NYCHA complexes
November 26, 2013 02:04PM

As temperature dipped into the 20s last weekend, hundreds of New York City Housing Authority tenants in the Bronx were left in the cold as heating systems failed.

Hundreds of apartments at the Throggs Neck Houses, Mott Haven Houses And 1471 Watson Avenue in Soundview were without heat over the weekend.

One Throggs Neck resident told DNAinfo that the heat went out on Friday and wasn’t back up until midday on Monday, while eight buildings in the Mott Haven Houses, reportedly sans heat thanks to a sewage leak, were in the cold on Sunday, the website said.

Families at 1471 Watson Avenue were offered warming shelters late Monday.

“We’ve had a number of outages at buildings,” Sheila Stainback, a NYCHA spokeswoman, told DNAinfo. “This tends to happen when there’s a cold snap.” Housing officials refused to provide more specific information, according to DNAinfo. [DNAinfo]Julie Strickland