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NYCHA agrees to appoint independent ombudsman to push repairs, impose fines

Four years after promising but failing to clean up festering mold in its apartments, NYCHA Friday agreed to the appointment of an independent ombudsman who can penalize the authority for future failures.

NYCHA promises fungus fix – again

The beleaguered New York City Housing Authority, which has been in court since 2013 over its handling of mold, has agreed — yet again — to clean up its act.

Inside NYC’s Public Housing, Mold and Neglect Are a Dangerous Combo

Sit back for a moment and imagine not being able to breathe in your own home. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air or, worse, hearing your child, at any hour, wheezing, coughing, unable to fill her lungs. Imagine medications and breathing machines, emergency room visits, hospitalizations—all stemming from a menace in your own home that no one is willing to address.

NYCHA not obeying order to fix mold in hundreds of units, tenants' lawyers say

The housing authority is in “systemic noncompliance” with a court-ordered agreement to clean up the toxic mold that infests so many aging apartments, attorneys for tenants say. A year ago NYCHA entered into a federal consent decree, promising to abate mold in hundreds of apartments where tenants with asthma live to avoid a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Ac

'Breathless' part 1

Six-year old Amanda, who lives in Brownsville, New York and 12-year old Melissa, who lives in East Harlem, New York are struggling with the disease. Their parents, who are desperately trying to alleviate their suffering, and are about to make a devastating discovery.

Groups Prod NYCHA to Keep Promises on Mold

East Harlem — It’s been six months since two community groups and the New York Housing Authority signed a landmark settlement agreement to address mold and moisture problems in public housing units and three months since a federal judge ordered the new rules into effect.

Rhea’s big promises

Embattled New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea has unveiled plans that he promises will generate several billion dollars to pay for critically needed, long overdue renovations at the agency’s 334 developments.

NYC Housing Authority boss John Rhea passed on fed funds

AT A BREAKFAST meeting last week, city Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea announced he was pursuing $500 million in federal funds for “desperately needed” roof and brickwork repairs. He didn’t mention that two years ago, he decided against going after the same pot of money because he didn’t have qualified staff to spend it wisely, the Daily News has learned.

Home Is Where the Mold Is

Sarita Latchman, a vibrant 42-year-old mother and former parks worker, has a sound like a baby’s rattle at the back of her throat. Which is not surprising, as her apartment in the Jefferson Houses in East Harlem is speckled with soot-black mold. A thick carpet of it runs down her bathroom wall and across the ceiling of her children’s bedrooms. Rub it and the spores float, landing on sink tops and children’s hair. They also journey through Ms. Latchman’s nasal passageway into her lungs.

Bronx photo exhibit depicts poor living conditions for some in public housing

A girl in a pink-painted bedroom sits on a bunkbed wearing an airmask over her nose, clutching a machine to help her breathe.

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