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Mold Remediation Milestones Thanks to Red Cross Donations

Mold Remediation Milestones Thanks to Red Cross Donations.
The partnership with the American Red Cross and the other funders has helped thousands of homeowners take an important step in the recovery process.

With help from American Red Cross donors, more than 1,900 homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy have had mold remediation completed, and progress continues every day.

One example of the work being done is the two-bedroom home of a 57-year-old man in Hamilton Beach, Queens. The man has faced health problems and repairs on his home had taken a back seat. Last week, contractors began removing debris and will start the process of mold remediation. It will take an estimated two weeks for completion.

“The partnership with the American Red Cross and the other funders has helped thousands of homeowners take an important step in the recovery process,” said Dave Rippon, director of Sandy programs, LISC.

The Red Cross partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to provide mold remediation to about 2,000 Sandy-affected homes throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The $15 million remediation program is administered by Neighborhood Revitalization NYC (NRNYC), an affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). NRNYC is coordinating mold treatment that is performed at no cost to the homeowner by private contractors and not-for-profit organizations.

“We’re proud to stand with great partners who are doing valuable work helping people recover from Sandy,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, American Red Cross Greater New York Region. “By working together, people are getting much needed assistance on their road to recovery.”

The Red Cross awarded LISC nearly $5 million for the Mold Remediation Program and $2 million for the Home Repair Program. You can read more about the Home Repair Program and how it is helping people by visiting http://rdcrss.org/1da6MGt.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.