In New York City, low-income kids and children of color suffer more from asthma than white children. And to make matters worse, rental apartments with mold and pests are more common for low-income families. Indoor air pollutants like mold can trigger asthma attacks.
In East Harlem, children under 4 are 2.5 times more likely than those in the city overall to be hospitalized for asthma. Send your message to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito that we need to pass the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro385) to protect NYC kids from asthma attacks! It is time for landlords to clean it up!
To: NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
I'm writing in strong support for the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro385), which would prioritize asthma prevention and require landlords to inspect and clean up indoor air pollutants, like mold and pests.
Nationally, about 1 in 11 children have asthma, but in many low-income areas of New York City, the childhood asthma rate can be up to 1 in 4. Children under 4 in your district, East Harlem, are 2.5 times more likely than those in the city overall to be hospitalized for asthma. Housing deficiencies, such as wall holes or cracks, and water leaks, predispose homes to infestations of cockroaches, rodents or mold, are common triggers for asthma attacks, which cause frequent hospital visits and absenteeism from school.
It is time to pass the Asthma-Free Housing Act to ensure that all New Yorkers are safe and healthy inside their homes!