This video is part of a larger investigation pursued jointly by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the NY Daily News.
From the Dec. 14, 2014 story:
EXCLUSIVE: Mold still a growing problem for hundreds of NYCHA tenants a year after promise of fixes.
A year ago, NYCHA signed a federal consent decree requiring it to repair mold conditions for residents with asthma. The Daily News looked at a half-dozen developments, chosen at random, and found hundreds of tenants still waiting for progress to be made.
Ten-year-old James Ford, who suffers from asthma, has been in and out of the hospital this school year — missing nearly 30 days at Public School 138 in the Bronx.
And instead of doing the things boys generally do on the weekends, the public housing resident is taking classes on Saturdays just to finish fifth grade on time.
His parents say his asthma has grown worse with the spread of dark mold across the bathroom ceiling caused by a leaky pipe in the family’s three-bedroom apartment at the Castle Hill Houses. Human waste drips from the broken pipe above the toilet. The family keeps a neon-green bucket on the tank to catch the ooze. “They (NYCHA) are supposed to come back and fix it,” said James, who can’t play basketball, his favorite sport, because of his asthma. “All they do is come and paint over it. Next month, it’s all back.”
James’ mother, Stacey Ford, 50, is at wit’s end. “I’m tired and my baby’s been missing school,” she said. “It’s a disgusting way to live.”
The Bronx boy’s plight is not that unusual in city public housing, home to more than 400,000 people in 334 developments.