Irvington public housing residents say they’re living in horrible conditions

Residents in Irvington’s public housing say that they are fed up with horrible living conditions and want officials with the Irvington Housing Authority to stop in and make things right.

News 12 Staff

Jul 24, 2021, 2:20 AM

Updated 1,003 days ago

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Residents in Irvington’s public housing say that they are fed up with horrible living conditions and want officials with the Irvington Housing Authority to stop in and make things right.
Some say that they have put in work orders for repairs that have yet to be completed.
Residents tell News 12 New Jersey that some of the people living at Crescent Lane have lived there for years and have given up on waiting for the work to be done.
Residents say that there are many problems in the kitchens and bathrooms, with obvious water damage and mold on the walls.
Irvington Housing Interim Director Ramon Rivera says no one told this staff about the conditions. He says that the Crescent Lane building is slated to be torn down and replaced with brand new affordable housing. He says that until this happens, his office will continue to make repairs if they get work orders.
“Sometimes the tenants aren't home, so we have to come back. But it does get completed and fixed,” Rivera says. “We operate as if this demolition and transfer may never happen. We treat our tenants as if they’re going to live there forever. So we make sure they’re clean and safe.”
But residents say that the people who work for the Housing Authority are out of touch and don’t know about the conditions.
“There’s nobody that lives in the Irvington Housing Authority. People that work in the office, no one lives in the Irvington Housing Authority. They don’t know how it is to live where you’ve got holes and you’ve got rust all in the tub. And these people haven’t been living like this for years," says resident Sonya Powell.
"I ask, I talk, I send letters, I try to be jovial about it but underneath all that, I’m pissed," says resident Hariette Blackwell-Mangum.
The residents say that they hope to draw attention to poor conditions in public housing not just in Irvington, but across the state.


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