Thank You National Apartment Association. I will do my best to get this very important information out ASAP to numerous owners, investors, huge property management companies (e.g., Riverstone Residential), attorneys, and judges, AND, of course, to the MANY people who are currently living in MOLD-INFESTED APARTMENT COMPLEXES right now! katy
Regarding this statement – “HHA officials say they’re now going to check for mold in Ursin’s apartment and others we visited on Friday.” I hope someone checks to make sure they do the right tests. katy
HOUSTON (KTRK) – There’s outrage from residents of a public housing complex in Houston. The place they call home is infested with mold, and they say their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.
A Houston family living at the Allen Parkway Village near downtown tells Eyewitness News they’ve been living in a home covered with mold, and they say it’s making them sick.
A household at the complex is in constant motion, from wiping and scratching to blowing and coughing. The kids, say their mom, are sick and she shows us why — a filthy smelly apartment she says she can’t clean.
“The carpet you’re standing on, this is the same carpet that flooded from Ike,” said resident Margena Ursin.
“This is the carpet that got wet. And it hasn’t been removed?” we asked.
“Correct,” said Ursin.
Her apartment is inside Allen Parkway Village, a subsidized housing community. Ursin says her complaints to remove her carpet have been ignored. She says Ike water damage to her carpet and ceiling have made her home unsafe.
“Up here where you see it painted and patched up, there was a big mold area there. I wasn’t home when they came to fix the mold,” she said as she showed us the wall above her stairway. “But what the guys did was paint over it.”
The Houston Housing Authority owns Allen Parkway Village and showed us work orders documenting repairs scheduled for next week. But why didn’t the repair happen over a year and a half ago when Ursin says she first complained?
“We’re checking to find out if she ever did make a complaint about the carpet being wet. Did she go into the office and fill out a form?” said Dennia Spellman with the Houston Housing Authority.
“She says she did,” we said.
“Well, I’ll tell you this: Whether or not she did or didn’t, what I can tell you is she is going to get new carpet and it’s going in next week.”
Spellman says they have not found mold before, but there are plans now to test for it. It’s a plan Ursin says is long overdue for her four children.
“It’s not that easy with four kids,” she said. “Their health is my main concern.”
HHA officials say they’re now going to check for mold in Ursin’s apartment and others we visited on Friday.
Political Action Committee – National Apartment Association (NAA) files Amicus Brief in mold case (two infant deaths in mold filled apt – Wasatch Prop Mgmt) citing US Chamber/ACOEM ‘litigation defense report’ to disclaim health effects of indoor mold & limit financial risk for industry
“Changes in construction methods have caused US buildings to become perfect petri dishes for mold and bacteria to flourish when water is added. Instead of warning the public and teaching physicians that the buildings were causing illness; in 2003 the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a think-tank, and a workers comp physician trade organization mass marketed an unscientific nonsequitor to the courts to disclaim the adverse health effects to stave off liability for financial stakeholders of moldy buildings. Although publicly exposed many times over the years, the deceit lingers in US courts to this very day.” Sharon Noonan Kramer
Information about Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana allowing tenants to be exposed to extreme amounts of toxins from molds by intentionally concealing evidence
Irrefutable evidence indicates that Riverstone Residential, Guarantee Service Team of Professionals, & plaintiffs’ attorney, J Arthur Smith III, must have agreed to exclude evidence that would have shown the owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments & Riverstone Residential had knowledge of the severe MOLD INFESTATION at the complex before we moved in