Humane Heating Conditions for Families In NYCHA Buildings
In James, et al. v. NYCHA, Manhattan Legal Services confronted NYCHA’s official policy of shutting the heat off overnight in public housing buildings whenever the outside temperature rose above a frigid and dangerous 20 degrees. This mandate was in direct violation of the law requiring landlords to maintain an indoor temperature of 55 degrees if the outside temperature drops below 40. Thanks to MLS’s advocacy, NYHCA will adhere to the law and stop subjecting as many as 64,000 residents to severe cold.