Being a single parent is not an easy thing. You have to be smart, careful, and mature enough to raise that child all on your own. Single parents are usually working at the same time, so they have to pay exorbitant daycare costs on top of everything else. Add in a significant life emergency, and things can get very tough, very fast.to
For Jessica Smith, that moment came when she realized that the apartment where she was raising her 3 children was riddled with mold. In the walls, on the floor, even in the ceiling there was mold peeking out at her.
She requested that her landlord deal with the mold issues often at first. But when it became clear that they weren’t going to do anything, she became discouraged.
The issue was exacerbated by her son Lynden’s medical issues. The 16-month-old was born with defects in his trachea and esophagus. This is on top of an enlarged right kidney and a host of other problems.
Despite her protests, the building management company refuses to help clear out the mold. Some people have asked her, “Why don’t you just move?” Smith’s rent is subsidized by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, so she can’t afford to live anywhere else. To move without a stable net of support would put her three children in even more jeopardy.
Smith has told her landlord several times about the struggles that her son faces. The mold makes his problems even worse, especially related to breathing. But her building company continues to refuse to help out the single mother of three, instead choosing to ignore her passionate appeals to their humanity.
She contacted her son’s doctors, pleading with them to write a letter that might convince the owners exactly how serious this issue is for her son.
“Due to concern for moisture and possible mold or mildew growth in his home, I recommend that the house be tested for mold and, if found, have it removed promptly,” the doctor stated.
Jessica and her children now live their lives in fear of mold. She says the mold could be life-threatening for her son.
“Mold, mildew, or anything of the sorts – the bacteria that comes with it could potentially kill my son,” she told Fox 46 Charlotte.
The landlord claims that they have tried to kill the mold. Their efforts reportedly involved taking down the sheetrock, spraying it with bleach, and putting the sheetrock back up. This housing is intended to help people get back on their feet, yet it’s barely even livable. Some, including Jessica, would say that it’s not livable at all.
The entire North Cross Townhomes complex is taking advantage of a government program. They offer to provide livable housing for the beneficiaries of the particular housing program, and the government cuts them a separate check for providing the service.
When the service isn’t being provided, the government needs to cut off the supply line. The alternative is to force these companies to improve conditions in homes like Jessica’s, but it seems like they have no interest in doing so.
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