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NYCHA being sued after failing to move disabled woman

The plaintiff sought to downsize from her duplex for more than a decade
March 23, 2014 09:00AM

 A disabled woman in Brooklyn is suing the New York Housing Authority for $1 million after the agency ignored her requests to move into a smaller unit for more than a decade.

The woman, Luduvina Gomez, occupies a three-bedroom duplex apartment on her own in Coney Island, but NYCHA allegedly ignored her when she asked to move a smaller city-housing apartment, according to the New York Post.

In 2003, NYCHA sent Gomez a form requesting that she transfer to a non-duplex unit, but the agency failed to act. Gomez recently fell in her two-story apartment and sustained an injury, which is the basis for her lawsuit.

NYCHA is currently experiencing a severe shortage of two- and three-bedroom apartments. Currently, more than 244,000 people are waiting for public housing, and some 18,000 of them need a three-bedroom such as the one Gomez occupies on West 27th Street. [NYP]Christopher Cameron