A Harlem housing tenant contacted NY1 For You after a serious mold and paint problem got to be too much for her health. Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
After two decades, Frances Watkins' walls have finally been painted.
“It's been too long,” said Watkins. “It looks better now, it’s better for my breathing.”
Last week NY1 told you about Watkins, a sick senior citizen who suffers from lung disease and recently battled respiratory failure.
Watkins, who lives at Wagner Houses in Harlem, contacted NY1 about the peeling paint on her bedroom walls which she believed contained lead and a serious black mold problem in her bathroom.
“I'm very miserable here,” she said then.
The tenant claimed she's complained to management for the building repeatedly but nothing's been done.
“She contacted us and said, ‘Listen I can't live here anymore my doctor says it's killing me.’ So I came to take a look and I was astonished,” said Al Peterson of the Concerned Citizens of East Harlem.
After NY1 contacted the New York City Housing Authority and they looked into Watkins' case, a spokeswoman claimed they never received an official complaint from the tenant. The spokeswoman went on to say, NYCHA was working with Watkins to address the mold and paint issues.
A week later, Watkins walls have been repainted and the mold removed, a condition Watkins hopes will remain.