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HUD exec: 'You shouldn't have a hole the size of a piece of paper in your apartment'

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HUD executive Lynne Patton uncovered some problems Wednesday at the Patterson Houses in Mott Haven as she continued her five-day visit with a host family.

Patton found a hole in Natalie Rosado's bathroom -- a bathroom that is shared by Rosado and five others, including her asthmatic daughter.

"You should not have a hole the size of a piece of paper in your apartment," says Patton.

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Rosado says there's also mold in the bathroom and that she just wants someone to come and fix the problem. Rosado says she has filed multiple tickets to have it fixed, but still nothing has been done.

Patton says that's why she is there.

"The residents can't afford to wait any longer," says Patton. "We need to make changes now."

Changes started less than two weeks ago when HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced a federal monitor will be appointed to oversee NYCHA. Patton says a selection will be made sometime next week.

Some residents wonder whether Patton's stay is all a publicity stunt. Others tell News 12 her visit is a start.

Patton plans to stay at three other complexes as part of her full month visit.

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