- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a $300 initiative to combat mold at city housing complexes by replacing leaky roofs.

The city is pledging $100 million a year to the effort over the next three years

De Blasio said Saturday that the first year’s funding will cover roof replacement at 66 Housing Authority buildings.

That will benefit nearly 13,000 residents.

City officials say leaky roofs are the main cause of water entering a building.

The accumulated moisture contributes to mold, leaks and physical damage to the building’s structure.

Exposure to mold can lead to asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

Construction on the roof repairs will start next month.

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