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Manhattan Together and South Bronx Churches Victorious in Negotiating New Consent Decree with NYCHA to Address Toxic Mold in Public Housing

NYCHA resident stands by a living room wall that is leaking water and has ruined the plaster at the Jackson Houses in the Bronx. | Photo by Richard Harbus, NY Daily News
 
In addition to forcing the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to make hundreds more repairs in apartments, Manhattan Together and South Bronx Churches successfully negotiated a newly revised consent decree with NYCHA. This settlement establishes even tougher standards for properly fixing mold and leaks in all 186,000 units of public housing in New York, and a program by which the repairs can be made. Even more importantly, it creates independent oversight entities that will ensure NYCHA is acting effectively and honestly in accordance with the agreement. Those entities can force NYCHA to make proper repairs, or hire outside contractors to do it when they will not.
 
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 14:05