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NRNYC, a subsidiary of LISC NYC, was formed to provide long-term disaster recovery to low and moderate income households affected by Hurricane Sandy, a mission consistent with LISC’s dedication to helping low-income New York City neighborhoods become healthy communities of choice – good places to live, do business, work and raise families.
In February 2013, NRNYC established the $15 million Mold Treatment Program to treat mold in single-family homes in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. NRNYC partnered with numerous elected officials, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations to help identify and reach Sandy-affected homeowners. The guidance of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery and NRNYC funders, namely, the American Red Cross, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and the Robin Hood Foundation was crucial to the steering and operations of the Mold Treatment Program.
By the end of March 2014, the program had successfully treated mold in approximately 1,970 homes (e.g., 908 in the borough of Queens, 734 in Brooklyn, 324 in Staten Island, and 4 in the Bronx). At least 547 homes needed “mucking and gutting” – i.e., stripping homes to the studs in order to access and remove mold – due to Sandy’s extensive inland flooding. Along with mold treatment, approximately 503 additional homes were inspected and found to have no mold growth.
Borough maps showing completed homes by neighborhood.
Red (or “hot”) areas reveal greater concentrations of mold treated homes.
"Mold Remediation Milestones Thanks to Red Cross Donations" | American Red Cross (2/5/14)
"Sandy's parting gift: Mold still grows in NY walls" | CNBC (10/29/13)
“Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Program To Address Water Damage And Mold In Neighborhoods Hardest Hit By Hurricane Sandy” | Office of the Mayor, Website of the City of New York (1/13/13)
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