NYCHA to hire 750 additional seasonal workers amid pandemic

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The New York City Housing Authority is set to hire hundreds of temporary workers throughout the city aimed to replace ill workers and maintain properties clean amid the pandemic.

Maintenance workers and caretakers will be tasked with removing the trash from grounds, sweeping the elevators, and cleaning the lobbies of the city's 320-plus properties.

"Almost all the residents I talk to are not happy about the level of cleaning they are seeing. We are hoping to come up with a plan, so when you walk into a lobby, you feel good about it," said NYCHA CEO Gregory Russ.

According to Russ, NYCHA has already hired 750 of the 1,200 workers needed.

Approximately half are NYCHA residents, and the salary they make doesn’t count against their rent, Russ said.

 Now, they are hiring an army of seasonal workers too. Russ says COVID-19 jumpstarted their hiring.

The coronavirus pandemic accelerated the hiring process and NYCHA still needs 450 additional seasonal workers to work throughout the summer.

The need for additional workers grew throughout the pandemic as workers calling in sick increased. 

“Attendance rates are going up as staff are returning, but per diem and seasonals will give us more horsepower to do the work,” said Russ.

These new jobs pay $15 an hour and will last as needed throughout the spring and summer seasons.