NYC Housing Authority brought to federal court over mold issues

The New York City Housing Authority is addressing issues of mold in its buildings after a lawsuit and settlement agreement was filed against them in

The New York City Housing Authority is addressing issues of mold in its buildings after a lawsuit and settlement agreement was filed against them in federal court this week.

The New York City Housing Authority is addressing issues of mold in its buildings after a lawsuit and settlement agreement was filed against them in federal court this week. (12/19/13)

THE BRONX - The New York City Housing Authority is addressing issues of mold in its buildings after a lawsuit and settlement agreement was filed against them in federal court this week.

The lawsuit and agreement obligate that the NYCHA must address moisture as the root cause of mold and address it as its source. The NYCHA must also respond to mold and moisture complaints within very specific timetables, and recognize mold and moisture as significant health threats.

The lawsuit and settlement agreement was filed Tuesday by a delegation of NYCHA tenants, the Metro-Industrial Areas Foundation leaders, attorneys from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.

The agreement covers all of the 400,000-plus tenants in public housing.

It also requires housing officials to recognize asthma as a disability and to make accommodations for tenants with the condition.

News 12 reached out to NYCHA, who said in a statement, "The [NYCHA] has been in discussions with advocacy groups about how NYCHA addresses mold and moisture issues in our buildings, and has reached an agreement that will lead to protocol enhancements that are beneficial to our residents."

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