“I moved in to LaGuardia take care of my very ill mother. My mother had cared for her own mother who’d lived there since 1968. Juggling work and and the care of my mother, I lost my job as well as my previous apartment. Me and my two children had been living with my mother for a while when she applied to put us on the lease. But then, she passed away. Then last November 17, my husband died. He was a veteran with three Purple Hearts. On December 31st, NCHA told me we were being evicted. I’ve been searching for an affordable apartment since then, but still haven’t found anything.”
NYCHA’s rules were changed in 2002 under the Bloomberg Administration to make it more difficult for family caregivers to get on the lease after their parent passes away. The rules now say that if you weren’t living with your family in NYCHA right from the start or haven’t been living the whole time with your parent, to be entitled to be on the lease, you have to:
1) receive the housing manager’s written permission to permanently live in the apartment and
2) also have lived for at least a year with that approval before your parent passes away.
Before Bloomberg changed the law, you could get onto the lease, if you showed you had tried to apply for permanent approval before your parent passed away.
Now, family caregivers are being pushed out by NYCHA once their family member passes away. Enough is enough! Family caregivers are coming together to demand that NYCHA respect caregiving work and change their policies to make it easier for people taking care of sick or elderly family can get on the lease more easily.