'Completely destroyed:' Family battles mold in NYCHA apartment

Posted: Updated:
KINGSBRIDGE -

A family in Kingsbridge with a newborn baby says they've been battling NYCHA over mold issues for the past seven months.

Jeimy Collado and her mother Jackie say they've lived at the Fort Independence Houses for two years and have faced some minor issues while living there. They say that last summer, their home became completely inhabitable.

"Me and my mom we went on a vacation during August for two weeks," says Collado. "And when we came back, the apartment was completely destroyed."

Collado says mold covered the apartment. NYCHA relocated the family to a temporary apartment at the Bailey Houses down the block back in August when the mold infestation happened.

The family says their belongings that were saved from the mold are still in bags seven months later. They say a court ordered NYCHA to fix the apartment.

Collado says, per the court, that they were supposed to be able to move back in last month but the apartment is still gutted and mold is still present.

She says she has a newborn baby who was born prematurely, and fears the mold will affect her daughter's health.

NYCHA tells News 12 in a statement, "Work is currently underway, while the resident is in a temporary apartment. We expect to complete the repairs this month."

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."