Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy home and those with asthma living in public housing can take special steps to ensure this. So what about your apartment can make your asthma worse? And what can you do to fix it?

Asthma is a disability and if the mold in your apartment is making it dangerous for you, it is your civil right to get the management of your public housing to take care of it.

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) approached CUP to create Breathe Easier at Home, a bilingual guide in English and Spanish to help New Yorkers with asthma living in public housing to navigate the process of getting mold and moisture problems fixed. This guide explains how to identify mold and moisture problems, lays out each step of getting the problem fixed, and how to follow up if you don’t hear back.

Resources & Links

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities works to build grassroots community leadership and power across diverse low-income Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City to fight for institutional change towards racial, gender, and economic justice.

IntraCollaborative extends principles of the academic setting into real communities, working jointly to unravel complex issues, and develop communication tools aimed at social reform.

Making Policy Public is a program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP partners with policy advocates and graphic designers to produce foldout posters that explain complicated policy issues, like this one.

Funding Support

This project is supported in part by The JPB Foundation.

Special Thanks

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  • CUP
  • Ingrid Haftel
  • Mark Torrey
    • Natural Resources Defense Council
    • Albert Huang
    • TheoSpencer
  • Designer
  • Njoki Gitahi