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mold300.jpg Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 12/09/2008 - 5:44pm.

The Wilmington Housing Authority provides subsidized housing for more than 1,000 residents, but a former inspector says one apartment complex should have been shutdown months before residents were asked to move out. The Eastbrook Apartments are empty now, but former residents say the housing authority didn't tell them the real reason they had to move… fungus in the ceiling, fecal matter around the sewage piping, and worst of all, mold along the ventilation system. Kelton Lewis, a former Eastbrook resident said, “Mold, is that a joke, because they didn't tell us anything about the mold? I'm really shocked now to know that there was mold.” In June of 2007 Eastbrook residents received a letter from the housing authority that said they would have to move due to various construction deficiencies. The letter didn't mention anything about mold. But the WHA should have known, as multiple inspections indicated there was mold. In 2006, Joan Bowman was kicked out of the Eastbrook Apartments and charged for repairs, due to mold social services found in her apartment, “Which they thought was being caused by me. No, I had nothing to do with that.” A WHA inspector agreed with Bowman and said the mold had been caused over the course of six years. While inspecting Bowman's apartment, another resident noted a similar problem where a collapsed ceiling revealed layers of mold. Bowman now believes the mold caused chronic health problems for her son. She explained, “He was on an inhaler machine that he had to stay on. He got sick a whole lot. Since we've been here, he's not on an inhaler anymore, he's not on a machine anymore, he doesn't stay sick, he doesn't even go to the doctor that much.” The Wilmington Housing Authority would not comment because they are in the middle of a law suit regarding inspections of the Eastbrook Apartments. It's important to note that all of this happened under former WHA director Benjamin Quttlebaum, who did not return our phone calls.

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