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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:17 pm    Post subject: Mold Program Q&A
From Jan 31, 2013 to Feb 04, 2013 (included)
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See the below Q&A regarding the City's new mold program. It should help answer some of your questions regarding this program.

Some Q&A on the Mold Program

Q: How can I sign up for this mold cleaning program?

A: You cannot sign up. LISC will select households most in need for these limited funds, leveraging existing casework by the City and community organizations, and relying on local leaders and other not-for-profits partners engaged in storm-related support for referrals.

However, you can attend any of the free mold awareness and mold cleaning training sessions in your community to learn how to do mold treatment safely and receive a free mold cleaning kit. In most cases mold can be removed from hard surfaces by a thorough cleaning with basic commercial products, using proper safety equipment.

Q: When will the work begin?

A: Initially, LISC will begin the selection and contact homeowners to set up appointments. On Feb. 19, thy will begin assessments on homes, with mold removal work starting shortly thereafter.

Q: What are the components of the free mold cleaning kits that will be distributed at these training sessions?

A: The kit includes equipment to help you safely remove mold from you home:

• Heavy duty coveralls

• Neoprene gloves

• Particle mask

• Protective eye goggles

• Scrubbing brush

• Paint remover tool

• Mold cleaning solution

• Professional spray bottle (for cleaning solution)

• Professional cleaning towels

Q: Will this program employ mold cleaning professionals?

A: Yes. The mold treatment program will use properly trained volunteers to perform less sever mold removal (approximately 400 cases) and professional contractors to perform mold removal in severe cases (approximately 1,600).

Q: Who is paying for this program?

A: The mold treatment program is paid for through the donations to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, the American Red Cross and the Robin Hood Foundation, and will be administered by Neighborhood Revitalization NYC, an affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and run by the Local Initiative Support Coalition (LISC), an external nonprofit intermediary.

Q: Why doesn’t FEMA pay for an extensive mold program?

A: FEMA has partnered with the City to create the unprecedented Rapid Repairs NYC, which has restored heat, hot water and power to more than 14,000 private homes, no cost to the homeowners. FEMA has agreed to reimburse the City for the cost of these repairs. However, FEMA will not reimburse the City for mold treatment in private homes. Homeowners can use their insurance or Individual Assistance (IA) to hire professional contractors to clean mold, if they so choose.

Q: How can I learn more about cleaning mold in my home?

A: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has provided extensive guidance on mold removal and safe cleaning practices for homeowners as they recover from Sandy.

This information can be found on the Sandy Health Portal at

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