2011-12-14 / Features

Woodside Family Rids Their Home Of Unhealthy Mold


Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer (c.) with Teresa Mendez and her husband. Van Bramer helped the Mendez family rid their apartment of mold. Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer (c.) with Teresa Mendez and her husband. Van Bramer helped the Mendez family rid their apartment of mold. On December 8, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer joined Teresa Mendez in celebrating her newly cleaned, mold-free home in the Woodside Houses Development. Not long ago, the same apartment was covered in mold and had become unlivable. After being unable to get results for more than a year on her own, Mendez reached out to the councilmember’s office for help.

Van Bramer personally visited the Mendez residence and saw the unacceptable living conditions. The mold was not only an eyesore, but it had begun affecting Mendez’ health. The councilmember and his staff immediately began advocating on her behalf.

Van Bramer contacted the New York City Housing Authority demanding that they take urgent action to rid the home of mold and repair the damage that it had caused. He also teamed up with Univision Channel 41 to shed light on the case.

Thanks to the actions of the councilmember and his staff, Housing responded and the cause of the mold has been determined and fixed. Once the mold was removed, the apartment was freshly cleaned and painted. In addition, the family was given new cabinets and a new refrigerator.

Since taking office two years ago, the councilmember’s office has handled more than 4,000 cases, many of which were housing and quality of life issues.

“Everyone deserves to be able to live in healthy and safe conditions and I will continue to work to make sure that this is a reality for each and every person in District 26,” said Van Bramer. “With a new year coming, this is a fresh, clean start for the Mendez family and I am very pleased to know that they will spend these holidays mold-free.”

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