New York City Bill Aims to Make Rental Homes Asthma-Friendly

 

On June 13, 2017, the Coalition for Asthma-Free Homes gathered on the steps of New York’s City Hall to encourage legislators to pass the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro 385B). Area residents, medical experts and environmental advocates joined them. Heidi Bayer, Chairman of the Board for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, was also there.

This bill would help reduce indoor allergens in rented homes that can trigger asthma symptoms. Landlords would be required to inspect homes for mold and pests, and remediate them quickly and properly.

In my years of working in the community in Brooklyn as a support group leader and advocate, what became clear is that medical care and medication are accessible, but asthma-safe housing is not. In New York City, there was and continues to be a barrier to access to asthma-safe homes. These are homes and apartments – often rented – where the landlord or managing agent has not taken care of properly remediating asthma triggers such as mold, vermin and pest infestation. The Asthma-Free Housing Act of 2016 will ensure that tenants and homeowners have a legal right to insist that correct remediation be achieved to allow those with asthma to live safe and healthy lives. – Heidi Bayer, Chairman of the Board for AAFA


In low-income areas of New York City, as many as 25 percent of children have asthma. Mold and pests, like cockroaches, can trigger asthma symptoms. AAFA supports this bill because it would improve the quality of life for many in New York with asthma and would reduce health care costs.

Bayer tweeted from the event:

 

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