Until now, NYC public housing residents haven’t had effective recourse for Manhattan mold removal. Local officials are trying to change that with new legislation to help residents report cases of mold in their apartments.
Fighting Mold in Public Housing
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has been making headlines recently, and not the good kind. For more than a decade, residents of NYCHA housing have been battling mold-related issues. Much of the problem has been blamed on poor maintenance and failure to adequately repair water damage.
Last January, the NYCHA kicked off a $50 million project to clean and update ventilation systems in their 326 apartment complexes. In addition, the agency has earmarked another $156 million for pipe work to be completed over the next five years.
New York City Council Steps In
In late February, the New York City Council passed legislation in an effort to further assist public housing residents struggling with mold problems. NYC is now required to give tenants information about reporting complaints.
According to City Council member Ritchie Torres, the NYCHA has a dismal history of responding to tenant complaints about mold. The new call center is currently available to residents in more than two dozen developments, with plans to roll it out to all by July 2020.
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