Link to original story at The NRDC: Inside NYC’s Public Housing, Mold and Neglect Are a Dangerous Combo
Text by Nicole Greenfield for NRDC
Shaly and Juan Ramirez in their children bedroom in Manhattan, New York. The children room wall suffered heavy water damage by a leaking pipe creating an intense mold issue.
The view from the Ramirezes’ apartment to the NYCHA complex below; negligent repairs have plagued the family for nearly a decade.
Shaly Ramirez washes dishes in her apartment.
Details of damage in the Ramirezes’ apartment include leaking pipes in the bathroom ceiling and under the bathroom sink, as well as mold spots and rust stains on the walls and peeling paint on the floor.
A worker left a hole open and pipe leaking in the Ramirezes’ bathroom wall after coming to repair the mold. Here, Juan Ramirez tapes trash bags over the hole to try to stem the smell of mold.
Reverend Getulio Cruz Jr., or Pastor Getty, preaches at the Monte Sion Christian Church in Manhattan’s East Village.
Pastor Getty with parishioners after Sunday services; half his congregants live in public housing.
Awilda Garcia sits in her apartment at the Wald Houses in New York’s East Village.
Details of damage in Garcia’s apartment show mold on the walls and peeling paint.
Ray Lopez, director of environmental health for LSA Family Health Service, uses a device that reads moisture levels during a home visit at Manhattan’s Taft Houses.
Details from Lopez’s visit to a Taft House apartment show moisture stains under a sink, peeling paint in a child’s bedroom, and a repaired section of a ceiling left unpainted.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio speak to Community members during a rally at New York’s City Hall about senior housing and NYCHA repairs.
Community members rally at New York’s City Hall to voice concerns about senior housing and NYCHA repairs, June 12, 2018.
Lead organizer of Manhattan Together, Michael Stanley, waits before a community rally at City Hall.
Stanley greets Reverand Francis Skelly, from the Immaculate Conception Church in the South Bronx, after the rally.