There is an undeniable relationship between poor housing conditions and asthma. Strong evidence suggests that cockroaches are the leading asthma trigger found in the homes of asthmatic New Yorkers. Other serious asthma triggers such as mold and rodents also thrive in the same deteriorated conditions that cause cockroach infestations. A housing code enforcement system that does not recognize the link between asthma and housing conditions leaves asthmatic New Yorkers stuck in homes where they are unable to breathe. Intro 750, The Asthma Free Housing Act, would greatly improve the Citys code enforcement system to reduce indoor allergens in asthmatic tenants homes.
The Impact of Poor Housing Conditions on the Health of Asthmatic New Yorkers