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February 2019

A HUD Official Gets a First-Hand Look at NYCHA’s Woes

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U.S. | NEW YORK
A HUD Official Gets a First-Hand Look at NYCHA’s Woes
Regional administrator Lynne Patton is living in public housing apartments for a month to report on residents’ complaints

By Melanie Grayce West
Updated Feb. 19, 2019 6:29 p.m. ET

Lynne Patton was in the musty basement of the Patterson Houses next to a rusted cabinet and a bucket of fetid standing water and no longer flashing her customary wide smile.

She was six songs into a no-frills group workout, a free program offered at this public housing development in the Bronx. Sweat poured from under her baseball cap with the presidential seal, and she cursed the pain while television cameras rolled. When the workout ended, she posed for selfies and promised her workout buddies that the years of disrepair in their public housing apartments would soon end.

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