Post-Sandy Mold Assistance Program Launches in New York City

The Robin Hood Foundation has announced the launch of a $15 million mold clean-up initiative to assist homeowners still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

In partnership with Robin Hood and the American Red Cross, the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is sponsoring the program, which seeks to remove mold in two thousand homes damaged by Sandy. Neighborhood Revitalization NYC, an affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, will administer the program and coordinate mold remediation efforts, which will be performed at no cost to the homeowner by private contractors and nonprofit organizations.

In addition to direct mold remediation, the Mayor's Fund will sponsor awareness and safe practice trainings led by the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health in many of the hardest-hit communities. Home Depot will provide mold supply kits to participants at each session.

"Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York City we have undertaken unprecedented steps to help thousands of New Yorkers recover and rebuild," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Through our first-of-its-kind Rapid Repairs program, we have helped more than fifteen thousand families return to their homes. But mold remains a challenge that many residents are confronting. Thanks to generous donations from people around the country and the world, the Mayor's Fund, the Red Cross, and the Robin Hood Foundation have teamed up to sponsor a $15 million mold clean-up effort that will help thousands of families."