A mother of four FR INDUSTRIAL said her children were forced to sleep in the living room because their bedroom was too damp and moldy.
Jennifer Shango, a school nurse who lives in Islington, London, said the leaky, two-bedroom apartment has had problems since day one and her four children can’t even sleep in their own beds.
Jennifer, 32, originally moved into Papyrus House with the Peabody Housing Association in 2011 and said the lack of space “wasn’t much of a problem” as she had only one child at the time.
But Jennifer now has four children aged 10 to two, and one disabled child requires “a lot of personal care”.
Jennifer says that “things got really bad from around 2018,” as the apartment was in a state of disrepair but the Peabody was still out of service.
In early December, the stinky water started leaking into their bedroom and was so “constant” that the wood floor tiles started peeling and the walls punctured with damp.
The struggling mother told MyLondon: “I don’t feel safe when my kids are there.”
“To be honest with you, I’m fed up. I don’t know what they consider an emergency, for me it’s an emergency. I spent the whole Christmas break cleaning, cleaning.”
She describes how frustrated she is when she is constantly battling: “mold, the smell is really nasty and the constant leakage of this dirty water.”
“It comes out literally in my kids’ room.
“I literally had to get all their stuff and everything out of there – the property is so small, I have nowhere else to put these.”
While Jennifer said that was nearly impossible in the overcrowded apartment, she also claimed that Peabody was unable to move her family to suitable housing, despite numerous requests.
Peabody said Jennifer’s family has been given “the highest priority” for the move, saying they are “committed to finding them a suitable, larger home that meets their needs.”
Jennifer said it was extremely difficult for her disabled son: “It really affected him negatively… He had no privacy, no dignity.”
She said her stress levels peaked this winter: “All of this is too much for one person to deal with. I’m a single mother, I’m just trying to work through it. it in life.
“I don’t sit at home on benefits, I work and try to do my own thing, take care of the kids and live off of what I have. But I’m very stressed.”
A spokesperson for housing association Peabody said: “We want our residents to feel safe and secure in their homes and we worked closely with Jennifer to find her a home. more suitable for her family.
“We have given the family the highest priority to moving and are committed to finding them a larger, suitable home that meets their needs.
“We will continue to support them by working with our partners to provide her with housing support and advice.
“We are working on fixing a leak that appears to be coming from an upstairs apartment and will be visiting Jennifer today (January 14) to reassess the situation.
“We can provide alternative temporary accommodation while we fix the cause of the leak so this can be resolved as soon as possible.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17331949/flat-cramped-four-kids-bedroom-covered-damp-mould/ My pokey apartment is so cramped that all four of my kids have to sleep in the same room… and their bedroom is damp