Nearly two months ago, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, causing destruction of unbelievable proportions in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. Today, as the weather turns colder, 11,000 Far Rockaway residents still lack heat, hot water and electricity. Homes and businesses have been destroyed and the ones left standing are infested with mold that can cause serious health problems for residents.
Last weekend, members of NYCC’s Rockaway chapter joined their neighbors in taking to the streets of Far Rockaway where they called on Mayor Bloomberg to take serious action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in their community.
Can you stand with Rockaway residents and tell Mayor Bloomberg to remediate mold immediately, and reimburse homeowners who paid out of pocket for mold removal?Click here to sign the petition.
Arlene Phipps – an NYCC member and daycare provider, is just one of the thousands still reeling from the damage caused by the historic storm. Her home was badly flooded and her daycare was completely destroyed. After going weeks without power and heat -- and losing thousands of dollars from lost income and damage to her business -- Arlene was forced to pay out of pocket for costly remediation of the mold in her home.
Mold caused by flood damage may contain mycotoxins, spores thatcan trigger asthma and cause infections in children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. If left unaddressed, mold can spread beyond the flood line, causing even more damage that’s often not covered by insurance. New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy literally cannot afford to wait for the mold to be removed.
Stand with residents of the Rockaways and other communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, and demand that Mayor Bloomberg remediates mold and reimburses homeowners to pay out of pocket for mold removal.Click here to take action
Communications and Social Media Director
New York Communities for Change
P.S. New York Communities for Change is a grassroots-funded community organization. Can you chip in $25 to support our continued work organizing in Far Rockaway and across New York State?