Almost five years after Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn residents will finally receive home repairs thanks to a $63 million project.
NYCHA has officially begun construction on the Red Hook Houses to replace roofs on all 28 buildings. The houses will also be fortified with flood-proofing and backup generators to prepare for future storms.
Until now, life in the buildings was dangerous for residents who struggled with leaking ceilings, risks of mold development and disintegrating drywall.
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"If you cannot seal the buildings from water, you have issues of mold, you have issues of peeling paint, you have issues of plaster. And then you have the real-life potential health impacts that affect our residents as well," said Chair and CEO of NYCHA, Shola Olatoye, to NY1.
Ground was broken on the project on Tuesday, signaling the start of home improvements for more than 6,000 tenants who’ve been in need ever since the historic storm battered the city.