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NY1 For You: Woman Receives Keys to NYCHA Apartment After Five-Month Struggle

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A five-month struggle to gain access to a new apartment came to an end for a Harlem mom after she contacted NY1 For You for help.

It's been a long wait for Shamear Gainey, but now, she finally has a place to call her own.

"I'm so excited. I actually got a call the next day to come pick up my keys," she says.

It's the end to a five-month quest for Gainey to get into her new apartment. The mother of two young kids had to stay with her mom while she waited for the New York City Housing Authority to give her keys to her new place.

Gainey finally signed a lease back in July after five years on a waiting list and was told by NYCHA she would be able to move in September. However, when Gainey contacted us earlier this week, she still wasn't in her apartment, almost three months after the move-in date.

"I even have paperwork stating that that's my apartment," she said.

NY1 for You called NYCHA, and after looking into the situation, a spokeswoman said Gainey would at last receive the keys to her apartment. The next day, Gainey finally gained entrance to her new home.

"It took for you guys to step in to actually get the job done. Thanks a lot for helping me with the situation that I was in," Gainey says. "Now, I have a place that me and my kids can call home."

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