In the wake of a study released by ERASE Racism last week that raised concerns about health and safety issues at the Channel Park Homes after Hurricane Sandy, the city sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, FEMA and the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery this week calling on those agencies to address the report’s findings.
Long Beach’s Channel Park Homes were neglected after Hurricane Sandy, according to a report released last week by ERASE Racism, a Syosset-based civil rights organization. It concluded that there had been a lack of remediation at the public housing development, and that mold-infested homes there continued to pose a health hazard.
Channel Park — in the city’s North Park neighborhood and under the jurisdiction of the Long Beach Housing Authority — is one of the areas most susceptible to flooding, according to representatives of the group, which presented its findings at a March 29 meeting at the Evangel Revival Community Church.
“We understand that [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] and New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery are working to fund storm-recovery mitigation projects at the Housing Authority, and we are urging both agencies to expedite this process as quickly as possible so that the Housing Authority can rebuild properly and with resiliency,” Schnirman said. “ … Health and safety concerns must be paramount and be addressed expeditiously.”