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. What about your apartment can make your asthma worse? 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 right to get the management of your public housing complex 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.

Download your own copy of the guide here!

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The Natural Resources Defense Council works to safeguard the earth-its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Njoki Gitahi is a graphic designer focused on creating positive impact for people, systems, organizations, and communities through collaborative design.

Funding Support

This project is supported in part by The JPB Foundation.

Special Thanks

Pura I. Cruz, Marleny Delacruz, Annette Fergus, Christine Gaspar, Eudelia Gonzalez, Sasha Heralall, J. Michele Holmes, Raelene Holmes, Sara Imperiale, Ray López, Miriam Medina, Oscar Nuñez, Maylana Randall, Zelpa Sanchez, and Shirley Williams


  • CUP
  • Ingrid Haftel
  • Mark Torrey
    • Natural Resources Defense Council
    • Albert Huang
    • Theo Spencer

    Njoki Gitahi