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NYCHA hiring hundreds of seasonal workers, new caretakers during pandemic

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Posted at 4:59 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 18:20:58-04

NEW YORK — NYCHA is hiring hundreds of temporary workers for maintenance and caretaker positions at their 320-plus properties throughout the city, in an effort to replace sick workers and keep properties clean during the pandemic.

Some of the duties of caretakers include, cleaning lobbies, removing the trash from grounds, and sweeping the elevators. NYCHA has already hired $750 per diem caretakers to work during the pandemic.

“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.

Russ says about half of the workers they have already hired are NYCHA residents, and the salary they make, he says doesn’t count against their rent. Now, they are hiring an army of seasonal workers too. Russ says COVID-19 jumpstarted their hiring.

NYCHA still needs 450 seasonal workers throughout the summer, in addition to the 750 they have already hired, a total of 1,200 workers.

COVID-19 has increased the need for new workers, with an increase in sick calls. Russ says of his workforce now, 196 employees are confirmed COVID-19 cases, 271 are unconfirmed cases, and 10 employees have been lost due to the virus.

“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 will last as needed throughout the spring and summer seasons at a rate of $15 an hour. Russ promises residents will start to see a difference because of this hiring blitz.

If you are looking for a job or want to know more about jobs at NYCHA, e-mail hr.recruitment@nycha.nyc.gov or visit their website.