EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) — Residents living in two NYCHA apartments in Harlem are asking someone to make an exhaustive list of repairs their homes desperately need.

Desiree lives in the Wagner Houses in East Harlem.

In her bathroom, the sink is on the floor. The floor and wall were rotting due to constant leaks in the pipes and water pouring from the floors above.

When workers arrived recently, there was more bad news.

“They said I had asbestos. I asked them if they could move me until they could fix the problem,” Desiree said.

But they didn’t fix anything or move Desiree to a safer place.

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“The next thing you know, we heard this loud bang, the stove wasn’t even on, and all we can see is flames that just came out of here,” said Regina Port.

Port and her five children live in another apartment with Wagner.

“We had to pull up the carpet because of the mold,” Port said. “Every time they have a leak, it spills over here, it spills into my food,” Port said.

The walls in her apartment are also crumbling from leaks that won’t be fixed.

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As winter approaches, her family is without heat in their apartment, and she says this will be her second Thanksgiving in a row without a working furnace.

“Thanksgiving is next week, what are we supposed to do, I have to buy Thanksgiving again, I’m not rich,” Port said. “They keep saying, ‘Oh Miss Port, we’ll help you, don’t worry about it,’ and nobody does anything.” Nothing.”

After Eyewitness News called NYCHA Wednesday night, a spokesperson said they would have a stove installed for Port by Thanksgiving and would be looking into the conditions in Desiree’s apartment.

“NYCHA delivered the stove and slow cooker to the resident of Apartment 1B on Friday and we are expediting the repair of the stove before the holidays. We are studying the conditions in the other apartment and clarifying the details, and we will take appropriate measures,” said the spokesperson.


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