Aurea Reyes, a tenant at a Bronx housing improvement, died on Nov. 12, 2012, on the age of 93 — however NYCHA nonetheless sends her a invoice each month demanding the lease.
Yearly NYCHA additionally calls for that Reyes report back to the administration workplace on the Gun Hill Homes to submit her annual earnings verification assertion so she will proceed as a tenant in good standing.
The final earnings verification missive addressed to Reyes went out Nov. 30, simply over 5 years after her demise.
The lady’s daughter, Aida Reyes, 74, truly lives in her mom’s one-bedroom residence at Gun Hill. She will get the payments and pays the lease each month.
NYCHA nonetheless desires her out.
Till Saturday, the authority refused to acknowledge her because the tenant of document within the residence, though it has by no means did not money her checks.
For Aida Reyes, who has battled most cancers and melancholy and simply desires to be left alone, NYCHA’s never-ending eviction marketing campaign has made it unimaginable to dwell out her senior years with out worrying about being placed on the road.
“I’m 74,” she mentioned Friday, sitting in the lounge the place an indication on a desk reads “Dwelling Candy Dwelling” and a portray of her late mom in her youth hangs on the wall. “I wish to dwell in peace in my place.”
Late Saturday NYCHA postponed Reyes’ eviction proceedings after the Information sought a proof for its actions within the case.
“We wish to work with our residents and might delay eviction right here for a interval to permit the tenant to work with town on different housing,” mentioned Jasmine Blake, spokeswoman for the authority.
Aida says she moved into the residence in late 2011 as a result of her mom was ailing and wanted help. Her sister, Alice Perez, 63, who additionally lives within the Gun Hill Homes, says she was advised by a NYCHA supervisor that Aida wanted to fill out a type to be placed on the lease.
She crammed out the shape.
Then Perez says when she delivered it to the administration workplace, she was advised it was the unsuitable type. Fill out one other type, she was advised.
Aida accomplished the opposite type and Perez delivered it. The administration workplace took the shape and the sisters heard nothing till they knowledgeable the supervisor that Aurea had died.
Inside weeks, Aida Reyes acquired a discover that NYCHA was transferring to evict her. Administration advised her that she wanted to show in her keys. She refused.
Reyes’ mom had seven kids and the household was very tight, which made them a formidable crew as soon as the bureaucrats began up.
Together with her sister and her daughter, Aida Jimenez, 46, who additionally lives within the Gun Hill Homes, they fought again.
“She must have her residence,” says daughter Jimenez. “I feel they’re treating her very unfairly. She pays her lease. She does what she’s alleged to do.”
Quickly they discovered themselves getting into a parallel universe the place paperwork vanishes and explanations multiply.
NYCHA advised them that they had no document that Aida Reyes filed to be positioned on the lease earlier than her mom died.
The 2 types she’d filed out of the blue ceased to exist.
NYCHA requires kinfolk who transfer in with tenants to occupy the residence for a full yr to qualify for inheriting the residence. As a result of the authority now claimed it had no information, it determined Aida was in violation of that coverage and thus topic to eviction.
“That they had been given a variety of misinformation, relied on it and after they received to the borough workplace, none of that was there,” mentioned Runa Rajagopal, a lawyer with Bronx Defenders who’s combating Reyes’ eviction in court docket.
Rajagopal received the Housing Courtroom to postpone ruling on NYCHA’s eviction movement. In September she filed an attraction in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom which the court docket will tackle on March 5.
Between Social Safety advantages and a tiny pension from her years working within the mattress division at Sears, Reyes receives $847.70 in month-to-month earnings. She pays one third of that to NYCHA — $246 monthly in lease, together with a $16 month-to-month payment to have an air conditioner.
She spends most of her time together with her household and visiting docs. She doesn’t lead an extravagant life.
If she results in a homeless shelter, Reyes will price the taxpayers upwards of $four,000 monthly. The $246 checks she writes every month to NYCHA will cease.
“I’ve been handled dangerous,” Aida advised the Each day Information. “They’re harassing me on a regular basis. They preserve sending me letters saying Aurea has to come back to the workplace to confirm her earnings. They know that my mom is lifeless.”