Federal Monitor Town Hall Lead and Mold Action Plans: Meeting Summary & Recording, November 17, 2021

On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, the NYCHA Federal Monitoring Team held a virtual Town Hall highlighting NYCHA’s mold and lead obligations and procedures under the HUD Agreement. A recording of the meeting is available on our YouTube channel and a copy of the presentation is available here.

The monitoring team’s Resident Engagement Team Leader, Asha Muldro, opened the meeting and welcomed the more than 80 NYCHA residents and community stakeholders in attendance. She introduced Dennis Walsh from the monitoring team who serves as the team lead for mold and lead.

Mr. Walsh addressed certain aspects of the HUD Agreement as they related to mold and lead issues and initiatives.

NYCHA Senior Director for the Office of Mold Assessment and Remediation (OMAR) Elena Tenchikova, discussed OMAR’s mission and provided an overview of its structure, roles, and responsibilities. She gave an update on the progress of NYCHA’s Ventilation Program and discussed key initiatives to achieve compliance with the HUD Agreement and as guided by NYCHA’s Mold and Leak Action Plan.

NYCHA’s Chief Compliance Officer, Daniel Greene announced important upcoming changes as they relate to lead abatement and remediation, including New York City’s new standard for lead levels in paint, which will be one of the most stringent in the country. In January 2022, NYCHA will be testing for the new lead standard in all units where children six and under are living or present more than 10 hours a week. Mr. Greene also discussed the many initiatives underway to ensure NYCHA is on the path to improve its compliance with lead-based paint regulations as described in the  HUD Agreement and NYCHA’s Initial Lead Action Plan.

Ms. Muldro, Mr. Walsh, Ms. Tenchikova, and Mr. Greene answered attendee questions and concerns during the question-and-answer session of the meeting.

Prior to closing out the meeting, Deputy Monitor Dan Brownell reminded all attendees that the heating season was upon them and to be sure to report any issues promptly.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Muldro encouraged residents to continue to visit our website for updates. In the meantime, you can email the Monitor or call (844) 309-6080 to stay in contact with the monitoring team or reach out to the following to report issues:

NYCHA Customer Contact Center (CCC): (718) 707-7771

NYCHA Compliance Dept., Environmental Health & Safety Dept., or Quality Assurance Unit: 718-707-7771 (menu option 7) or on.nyc.gov/Submit-Concern

Ombudsperson Call Center (OCC): 888-341-7152 or https://ombnyc.com

OMAR Mold Response Unit: mold.response@nycha.nyc.gov or denise.guess@nycha.nyc.gov