Tenant: Black mold in apartment makes 4-year-old sick

A Brooklyn mother is furious and desperate to get the New York City Housing Authority to repair leaks in her son's bedroom, saying they are causing family members to fall ill.



The family says they have been enduring poor conditions in their apartment on Christopher Street in Brownsville for three years. Regina Pridgen says it started with a steam leak in her son's bedroom.



Time after time, she says NYCHA would patch the leak, only for it to continue to get worse. Pridgen suffers from asthma, and her 4-year-old son takes lung steroids for the same condition.



A couple of days ago, a wall in the apartment completely fell off, exposing black mold and rusted pipes.



Pridgen sought help from community advocate Tony Herbert after NYCHA told her it would be coming to assess the damage. She is also looking to get a lawyer.



A NYCHA spokesperson says its staff will visit the apartment Wednesday to address the situation as quickly as possible.


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