Bloomberg reassures residents that city officials will help restore apartment heat

(01/10/04) SOUTH BRONX - Temperatures are dangerously low outside, and many homeless people in the Bronx are crowding the borough's shelters. Some people living temporarily in the shelters say the overcrowding is making for unhealthy conditions because many folks are getting sick from quickly spreading infections.

Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg says workers at the 311 hotline have received more than 3,000 calls in the past few days, which is much more than normal amount. The mayor promises to send city workers to apartments where landlords fail to turn on the heat.

Any Bronx resident without heat should first call 311. If there is still no heat within 24 hours, folks can call News 12 The Bronx at (718) 328-7504. Anyone calling News 12 The Bronx must have a Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) complaint number handy.

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