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The OCC receives complaints by Residents who have already contacted the NYCHA CCC but still have concerns about mold, leaks and any associated repairs that have not been completed properly or have not been completed on time.
NYCHA is under a court order to effectively remediate mold and excessive moisture in a timely fashion. The Court has appointed César de Castro as the Ombudsperson to consider complaints from Residents if NYCHA fails to comply with that order. Mr. de Castro will address NYCHA residents’ complaints about leak, mold and excess moisture repair orders. Mr. de Castro and the OCC, which works under Mr. de Castro’s direction, are completely independent of NYCHA.
Mr. de Castro is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on criminal defense, corporate investigations, commercial litigation, and appellate litigation. Mr. de Castro is a former judicial law clerk and prosecutor who has been practicing law for nearly twenty years. He has also served as an adjunct law professor of legal writing and is currently an adjunct professor of criminal law.
Click below for some helpful information about COVID-19 on NYCHA’s website. This includes updates from NYCHA’s Chair and General Manager, Update on Staff Working in Apartments, Updates on NYCHA Property Management Offices, and Guidance to Residents on Rent Hardships. - Link
Click below for information regarding COVID-19 from the NYC Health Department including recent guidance and NYC case data, How you can help, Recent press releases, and Additional Resources. - Link
Click below for some helpful information about how you can help prevent the spread and who to contact if you are not feeling well. - Link
To open a new work order ticket, contact NYCHA's customer contact center (CCC) by calling 718-707-7771 - Link
Mold Busters is NYCHA’s program to effectively and efficiently remediate mold. It is a vital part of NYCHA’s commitment to providing residents with the healthy and safe homes they deserve. To report mold or a leak in your apartment and initiate the Mold Busters process, call the Customer Contact Center (CCC) at 718-707-7771 or use the MyNYCHA app - Link
The OCC offers virtual inspections to NYCHA residents to assess the severity of mold or leak complaint being raised. Please click the following link for an example inspection - Link
On April 17, 2014, Judge William H. Pauley of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a consent decree obligating NYCHA to abate mold and excessive moisture and their root causes in a timely and effective manner (the Consent Decree). In July 2018, the court approved the Revised Consent Decree, which among other things, included the appointment of an independent Ombudsperson - Link
On September 20, 2019, the Court appointed César de Castro as the Ombudsperson. Mr. de Castro has been approved to serve in this role until December 31, 2021, to address NYCHA residents’ complaints about leak, mold and excessive moisture repair orders - Link
For more information regarding NYCHA’s Reasonable Accommodation Application, please visit the link provided. Applications should be submitted to your local Property Management Office - Link
Information and documents associated with Baez v. NYCHA - Link
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