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Mom says kids suffered respiratory issues after mushrooms, mold grew in NC apartment

November 20, 2017 GMT

A single mother in Burlington has been dealing with mold and mushrooms growing in her children’s bedrooms.

Tawana Crawford lives in low-income housing and said the problem has gotten so bad that one child had to go to the doctor due to respiratory issues from mold exposure.

“When you have issues like mushrooms and your ceiling is missing, you know it goes to the point of when do you care about my safety, my kid’s safety or anything like that,” Crawford questioned.

Mushrooms and mold have been Crawford’s unwanted roommates for several months while she has three young kids living in the home.

“Them ingesting and breathing this mold is actually giving them respiratory problems,” she said.

Crawford believes the problem stems from water leaking out of the tub. She took a video of the leak in May, before a plumber came in, but they didn’t fix the hole in her ceiling.

Crawford said she has noticed a pattern of incomplete maintenance forms at the Beaumont Avenue Apartments, saying only two maintenance men do work for the 100 units.

Crawford called Burlington code enforcement, who deemed that the home was below minimal housing standards for the city.

The apartments are privately owned, but subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. An attempt was made to ask why the federal money isn’t being used to maintain the units, but nobody was in the manager’s office when reporters visited.

“We’re placed here, this is subsidized housing so some of which, this is all that some people can afford so just to tell them that they don’t matter and their way of living doesn’t matter means a lot because technically that’s what you’re saying if you’re not getting out here and fixing the issues at all,” Crawford said.