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Housing Authority: Senior Apartment is Safe

Tenants say their complaints were ignored.

415 National Blvd. is a Section 8 senior housing apartment. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
415 National Blvd. is a Section 8 senior housing apartment. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)

The Long Beach Housing Authority has not received any complaints from residents of 415 National Blvd., a six-story Section 8 senior housing facility, said the agency’s executive director, Paul Goodman, after tenants had complained about unsafe conditions at the apartment building at City Hall last week.

Tenants attended a meeting of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, held there last Thursday, when they told the panelists that, despite their calls to the Housing Authority, the agency had failed to address certain issues after flooding damaged two elevators, laundry rooms and the mechanical systems during Hurricane Sandy.

The seniors said that, three months later, only one elevator, the smaller of the two, was restored, and a new intercom security system at the front entrance that was installed remains unusable, which allows anyone to walk into the building off the street and roam the halls.

“Nothing has changed and it seems to be getting worse,” tenant Geraldine Levosi told the panel. “I just wish we could get some attention towards us.”

Among the panelists was County Legislator Denise Ford (R-Long Beach), who said she would contact the Housing Authority about their concerns. But Goodman said that he hasn’t received any complaints from the tenants at the building, and that his staff has made it “pretty functional” considering the storm-related circumstances, according to the Long Beach Herald. Goodman said:

“Maybe I’m callous, but I don’t see the emergency in the type of condition in the building.”
Another resident, Annie LaSalle, told the Herald that when two tenants had to be taken to the hospital last week, the paramedics were unable to fit the stretchers into the smaller elevator and they put them in wheelchairs instead. In such an emergency situations, Goodman said, workers have willingly carried the residents down stairs, and the Housing Authority has given tenants information about people who can assist them in emergencies.

Meanwhile, New York Communities for Change, a Hempstead-based organization that assists tenants who have concerns with housing issues, has called attention to the concerns of the residents at 415 National Blvd. Members of the organization accompanied them to last week’s meeting but let them speak on their own behalf.

Moving forward, tenants would like the the Housing Authority to hire a security guard until the intercom system is functional, but Goodman said that there haven’t been any incidents in the building to warrant one, he told the Herald. That tenants can always call police if they feel unsafe, he said, and he has asked the police department to stop by the building during their patrols.
Christopher January 25, 2013 at 06:52 AM
It took to long to repair the elevators. The MLK was taking hot meals to Seniors in 415. Finally.
Beachguy January 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Complaints ignored? In Long Beach? There must be some mistake! That couldnt possibly be. Not here. Old foaggies. Malcontents.
Eddie January 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Isn't this housing all free or Section 8? Robert Moses used to say that people who lived in Welfare houses shouldn't be entitled to closet doors or toilet seats. My house doesn't even have an elevator in intercom, and I pay my own bills.
Annette M La Salle January 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM
to eddie before you post your information should be correct no we are not a welfare building it is a senior people we pay according to our fixed incomes i worked all my life and paid my own bills i never got help and i raised my son alone for many years i paid into social security and i deserve my check. secondly people are on welfare or social services as i choose to call for many reasons. you are lucky that you could be self sufficent and i dont know if your parents are or where able to live out of senior housing but dont judge till you know God bless you
Annette M La Salle January 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM
to the housing authority hi my annie La Salle i know you know me. i didnt appreciate being singled out in the article about our building was safe. as you know i am a very sensitive person and for me to come out and speak out is not my character but because i go to city council meetings they asked me to be spokesperson a job i didnt want but you prtryed me as the only person who had concerns not true and to say an open door was not dangerous to us was so disrespectful we are seniors and we were scared. i am not a troublemaker by any means but im 67 now and i been quiet all my life but this is wrong and i feel i need an apology i know living here will be even harder for me now living here but you have refused to let me move.i hope you will be honest and lnow i didnt start this drama. annie La Salle
Beachguy January 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM
OY vey!
Eddie January 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM
No insult intended, Annette. But when the government takes money from my kids' mouths to pay your rent, I am entitled to feel that it's not fair. If I wasn't forced to give you an apartment, family would be able to live better lives with the money I earned. That's pretty basic. Welfare, Social Services -- pick a name that you like. It all amounts to the same thing. I'm forced to pay for someone who can't or doesn't want to pay for themselves. And I don't like that. I suspect you wouldn't like it either if you weren't on the receiving end.
LB Resident January 26, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Annette, you were courageous to speak to the issues concerning the senior citizens in your building. There are others who have the same concerns and they hesitate to speak. These buildings are supposed to have secure entrances enabling the seniors to admit someone after they have been identified through the intercom. These seniors are entitled to feel safe and secure in their own homes. It's not a favor. They pay for this. Thank you, Annette.
Beachguy January 26, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Throw them out too. Put them down on the beach in the tents. Eddie, you're in charge of maintaining order.
IRISH 4 January 28, 2013 at 09:45 AM
Hey Eddie you can apply for food stamps .
Eddie January 28, 2013 at 09:54 AM
I prefer to support my family myself.
Beachguy January 28, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Eddie--- youre in charge of Tent City . East School kids, Allegria homeless, seniors from 415. Lots of work keeping that mob under Control. Best of luck.
Annette M La Salle January 31, 2013 at 06:43 PM
thanks for the people that spoke in my defense about senior housing i can see i will never get my point accross to eddie so i will stop he says im taking food out of his kids mouth eddie sometimes i have no food due to my income
Beachguy January 31, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Get her back in her tent Eddie. Get her back in her tent! If she's unruly get some of those evil surfers hanging around to help you.

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