Mold forces 33 out of low-income senior housing
August 10, 2009
IMMOKALEE, FL — Complications resulting from mold and contaminated drywall have forced 33 low-income elderly residents out of their apartments, according to the Naples Daily News.
According to the story, there is a catch-22 because many residents cannot afford to find other residences, but at the same, those individuals cannot afford the respiratory health risks associated with mold exposure.
Mold at the 30-unit Bromelia Place, which is also known as Immokalee Senior Housing, is being blamed on faulty window seals and the possible use of defective Chinese drywall, the story stated.
Tenants were given a 30-day notice that they will be required to move out by August 31 while the required repairs, including mold remediation work, are completed, the story noted.
Resident Cynthia Allen said: "We are all full of anxiety. We are scared. I’m fearful because I don’t know what my future is going to be next month."
Several residents who have complained of mold-related health problems have received no compensation from apartment officials, the story added.
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