NEW YORK — The city of New York has begun a $15 million program aimed at cleaning up at least 2,000 homes that were contaminated with mold after they flooded during Superstorm Sandy, according to WNCB-TV.

moldThe program, which has been paid for with private donations, comes after months of pleas from storm victims and advocacy groups, who said mold had become a nightmare, the article stated.

According to the article, people who enroll in the program will be able to get their homes treated for mold at no cost by either private contractors or trained volunteers.

No federal, state or city tax dollars are involved, with money for the project being funded by the American Red Cross, the Robin Hood Foundation and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, the article noted.

Mold removal can be costly, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) doesn't provide direct assistance for mold problems, the article added.

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