Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Program to Address Water Damage and Mold in Neighborhoods Hardest Hit by Hurricane Sandy

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations today announced a new initiative to address water damage and treat mold in homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Since Hurricane Sandy, the City has provided comprehensive guidance on how to safely and effectively treat mold, and has collaborated with the Environmental Contractors Association to supply homeowners and volunteers with proper equipment to remove it. While homeowners can use FEMA assistance to address mold, costs can be significant, and there is no direct Federal funding available for mold remediation.

Using private money raised to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is launching a remediation program to remove mold in approximately 2,000 homes in the hardest hit areas. In partnership with the American Red Cross and the Robin Hood Foundation, the Mayor’s Fund is sponsoring a $15 million remediation program that will be administered by Neighborhood Revitalization NYC, an affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a community development not-for-profit corporation with 30 years of experience working in New York City. Neighborhood Revitalization NYC will coordinate mold treatment that will be performed at no cost to the homeowner by private contractors and not-for-profit organizations.

In addition to the direct mold treatment program, the Mayor’s Fund is sponsoring new awareness and safe practice trainings on mold treatment work. These free training sessions will take place in many of the hardest hit communities to educate homeowners and volunteers on how to effectively treat mold, and thousands of mold supply kits will be distributed at no cost.

The first series of trainings on mold remediation are listed below, and locations in the hardest hit areas will continue to be updated as they are scheduled. More information on the sessions, locations and registering is available online at www.nyc.gov or by calling 311:

January 31, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Shorefront Y (Spanish Only)

3300 Coney Island Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11235

February 2, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Shorefront Y

3300 Coney Island Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11235

February 4, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Gerritsen Beach Fire Department

43 Seba Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11229

February 4, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

P.S. 195

131 Irwin Street

Brooklyn, NY 11235

February 5, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Gospel Assembly Church

2828 Neptune Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11224

February 5, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Bayswater Jewish Center

2355 Healy Avenue

Far Rockaway, NY 11691

February 9, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

St. Clare’s Parish

137-35 Brookville Boulevard

Queens, NY 11422

February 13, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

P.S. 277

2529 Gerritsen Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11229

February 13,1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island

3001 West 37th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11224

February 13, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Bayswater Jewish Center

2355 Healy Avenue

Far Rockaway, NY 11691

February 16, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

St. Clare’s Parish

137-35 Brookville Boulevard

Queens, NY 11422

February 16, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Oasis Church

539 Greeley Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10306

February 23, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

CYO-MIV Community Center at Mount Loretto

6541 Hylan Boulevard

Staten Island, NY 10309

 

More information can be found here 46-13 (Mold Treatment Assistance)

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