There are 1,000's of people still living without heat and electricity. They are getting sick from the frigid temperatures in their homes and the mold crawling on their furniture and walls. This is becoming a humanitarian issue and a health crisis. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE TO FORCE THE CITY TO HEED TO THIS CRISIS AND IMPENDING DISASTER.
More than a month after Hurricane Sandy there are still thousands of people living in homes without heat, electricity, or hot water. Last week, Mayor Bloomberg declared that all landlords must act “immediately and restore safe and healthy living conditions for their tenants and that includes providing tenants with heat, hot water, and electrical services and correcting all other safety problems that the hurricane caused.” However, Mayor Bloomberg’s message has been ignored by many landlords and property owners, such as 3Point Asset Management, leaving people like Kizzie Parker and her young children to live in homes where the temperatures are less than 50 degrees. In addition to enduring deplorable living conditions in dark, damp, and frigid homes, these individuals are also contending with serious health threats resulting from the mold, which, because of the constant wetness, continues to spread up walls and on furniture.
At this time, we are imploring Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo to levy more serious consequences for landlords (for instance, jail time) who do not make their tenants’ homes safe and livable immediately. We further ask that if the landlord does not make the home safe and livable by early next week, that the city intervene by setting up temporary housing in people's communities (which FEMA has the capacity to do) so people can remain close to their networks and will not need to relocate; keeping people close to their communities is especially important for families with young and school-aged children, individuals who may have health problems, and the elderly.