HPD inspection detects lead paint in girl’s Unionport bedroom

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A family in Unionport found out their home has lead paint after a Housing Preservation and Development inspection.

Tasha Williams and her husband have been living in their one-bedroom apartment for just over a year after living in a homeless shelter. They got their apartment through a Special One-Time Assistance (SOTA) voucher that provided them with one year of rent.

According to Williams, they've made over 150 complaints about the apartment from lack of electricity to a rusty, moldy bathtub since they've moved in. They say their landlord hasn't made any of the necessary fixes, but the management company says there's more to the story.

The 1115 Virginia Ave., LLC management company says this is the first time it is hearing about lead paint in the apartment, and it says it has tried to gain access to fix the other issues, but has been denied access.

The company also noted that the male tenant has damaged cameras on the property and that it is currently in landlord/tenant court. The NYPD has also confirmed that it is investigating the management companies claim that the cameras were tampered with.

On the flip side, the family says they knew nothing about damaged cameras, nor a dispute in landlord/tenant court and that the landlord did not cooperate with their schedule to gain access. They expressed concern over the lead paint and now the family of three sleeps together on a pull-out couch in the living room.

"To find out that the inside of my house is a hazardous living environment it just really hurts because I feel like I'm not protecting her. I actually had her sleeping in this room for a year,” says Williams.

According to the CDC, lead poisoning can often have no obvious symptoms, but can cause learning and behavioral issues in children.

"The last thing I want is her development to have any issues. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I feel like I didn't give her a good start,” says Williams.

The Williams family is planning to take their daughter to the doctor to check on the lead levels in her blood, and they are also looking into emergency housing situations.

Housing Preservation and Development told News 12 that it has been very active at the property and will work to ensure that the owner makes the necessary repairs.

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