Over 323,000 NYC Housing Authority residents had no heat or hot water last winter.

Almost 100,000 were out in the cold again this year.

Reliable, affordable natural gas is part of the solution to end this crisis.

 

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The NY Daily News Editorial Board Supports
Plentiful, Affordable Fuel for NY

The NY Daily News Editorial Board endorses this project:

"We are eager for the day when single-family homes, apartment buildings and Housing Authority developments in New York can keep the people inside their four walls warm in the bone-chilling dead of winter using all-renewable energy sources... 

But we don’t know whether that day will arrive in 10 years, or 20, or 30, which is why it makes basic sense to build out a pipeline to deliver natural gas from its sources in Pennsylvania to its consumers in the five boroughs of New York City."

Don't let NYCHA wait another decade. Demand action now.

Replacing NYCHA's failing, outdated heating oil systems with reliable, clean natural gas infrastructure is a critical step in the right direction.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project will increase natural gas capacity in NYC, which will result in:

  • The continued upgrades of NYCHA heating systems
  • A more resilient NYC power grid with less disruptions
  • Cleaner air due to reduced CO2 emissions

Without the NESE project, National Grid and Con Edison will institute a moratorium on new natural gas hooks ups which will increase reliance on dirty, expensive oil. This will make the NYCHA heating crisis even worse.

If NESE is denied, many NYCHA building upgrades will be put on hold. 

 

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Over 323,000 NYC Housing Authority residents had no heat or hot water on some of the coldest days last winter. One year later, they’re still out in the cold.

The NESE project is a critical step in addressing the NYCHA crisis. Tell your elected officials to take action now so NYCHA residents don't have to suffer through one more winter!

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NYCHA tenant leader joins push for NESE Project

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"Projects like NESE create more overall system reliability and increase access for low income communities to a cleaner fuel source. I urge the NYSDEC to approve the NESE project today."

 

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NYCHA HAS SUFFERED LONG ENOUGH! OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS MUST FINALLY TAKE ACTION AND SUPPORT ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TO END THIS CRISIS FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SUFFERING NEW YORKERS.

For several winters, the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) has failed to provide basic heat and hot water to hundreds of thousands of residents, leaving some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers in grave danger.

Families were forced to sleep next to space heaters and in front of open ovens overnight, often putting their children snow suits, risking fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Cries of help and outrage from NYCHA tenants over the past year have repeatedly made news headlines – but winter is here again, and they’re still suffering.

Our state and local leaders MUST come together to address this humanitarian crisis. We New Yorkers MUST demand that NYCHA buildings convert to reliable and cost-effective natural gas boilers and stop relying on defunct, antiquated oil burners.

The NESE project should be approved to improve New York's natural gas capacity, bring cost savings that NYCHA can reinvest in infrastructure upgrades, and improve air quality to help the disproportionately high amount of NYCHA residents who suffer from asthma.

How many more winters must NYCHA residents suffer? A failure of this magnitude in one of the wealthiest cities in the world can never happen again.

 

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Leading Voices on the
NYCHA Heating Crisis

 

"It is just shocking that in New York State we would have people subjected to these conditions. This situation we have seen is as upsetting and disturbing as I’ve seen anywhere and I’ve been in public housing across this country."
— Governor Andrew Cuomo

 

"I’m in favor of natural gas infrastructure that will broaden NYCHA’s access to cleaner, more efficient and reliable fuel sources. Projects like NESE create more overall system reliability and increase access for low income communities to a cleaner fuel source. I urge the NYSDEC to approve the NESE project today,”
— Daniel Barber, head of the Citywide Council of Presidents of NYCHA tenants’ associations

 

"The way NYCHA operates remains frozen in the 20th century. There is a humanitarian crisis and residents deserve more transparency and immediate action."
— Council Member Ritchie Torres

 

“Basic human conditions are non-negotiable.”
— Lynne Patton, Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Director

Recent News

Sustaining heat: Why New York shouldn’t block construction of a natural gas pipeline

April 23, 2019

We are eager for the day when single-family homes, apartment buildings and Housing Authority developments in New York can keep the people inside their four walls warm in the bone-chilling dead of winter using all-renewable energy sources. Which is why we support efforts by the government and the private sector to accelerate the development of solar power, wind and technologies unknown.

But we don’t know whether that day will arrive in 10 years, or 20, or 30, which is why it makes basic sense to build out a pipeline to deliver natural gas from its sources in Pennsylvania to its consumers in the five boroughs of New York City.

NYCHA tenant leader joins push for natural gas pipeline across New York Harbor

April 17, 2019

A pipeline crossing New York Harbor could bring financial relief to the city’s 334 NYCHA complexes, according to a top tenant leader.

Daniel Barber, head of the Citywide Council of Presidents of NYCHA tenants’ associations, announced on Wednesday that he’s officially getting behind the controversial Northeast Supply Enhancement natural gas project.

Brooklyn NYCHA families say they’re freezing without heat, hot water

March 13, 2019

Juana Narvaez and Guadeloupe Moreno say they don’t have consistent heat or hot water in their New York City Housing Authority homes, and with the help of the Red Hook Initiative, they reached out to PIX11.