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Organized by: Jessica O'Connell

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About a little over year ago our family was stripped from our housing and forced onto the street. Several years prior to this we've lived in unstable conditions due to mold throughout the apartment and several other violations. Now to my understanding housing requirements can not have such as lead paint and should be overall healthful for the residents residing in the living space of the home. So to this point, we've taken action by notifying the housing authorities in every inspection but would always brush it off. Next, bring attention to the landlord they respond as such as well and tell us to scrub it with bleach and it would go away. Now anyone who knows bout mold, its a living bacteria that grows back, and back. Throughout the entire time there are 3 small children livin here and it was in the walls, coming thru the ceilng, in the bathroom. Finally we call board of health n thats when things got tricky. The director of board of healths comes right out and looks at the place and agrees and says she send landlord a letter to come out and fix everything within 2 weeks and to notify her. Seemed like she was goin to bat for us so it gave us a glimmer of hope. We took pictures of the walls ceiling and windowsills, still have them. 2 weeks later she send her nephew over to scrub the bathroom with bleach. Lol. We mention to him that well we do that and i did my research and understand that to rid these problems it would cost lot of money and would most likely have to gut the walls and such. But looked at me like so. So we call director of board of health Michelle McDonald and get this rude lady answering the phone that never put our calls through. Over course of next few months or so landlord sets up a plan to evict us. Oh a while back she overheardus talking to family and says if we dont like it we can leave and just kept attitude ever since. She tries to say eviction was nonpayment of rent but we owed her 650 and she refused to take it and we have witness from the courthouse.Instead she takes our security deposit over 1200. How? I dunno. After all of this we finally went down to Michelles office and she says she never heard from us so she thought everything was ok. I said no I've called just every other day, least 3 times a day and got this rude lady. She tells me that she fired her apparantly we weren't the only ones that felt her negative energy for whatever reason. So unfortunately at this time all could her for was a handwritten note to bring with me to my hearing. Long story short,... We lost everything stayed at a friends vacant home for a month. Then a hotel for a month. After we left we noticed they started gutting out the whole 1st floor apartment after we left. And to this day, the landlord brags about making sure that we lost our housing certificate.  We landed this apartment in New Bedford cuz cheap enough and all we could afford to get in right away and get this, 1st place they put us in was infested with roaches, plumbing was all messed up. Stayed there 4 days and they had to move us to place lot smaller and also has its problems but,... No roaches. Lol. The gas guy cmes from eversource and red tags the heater says its dangerous and could b giving off carbon monoxide. And our gas stove hardly works which they're required by law to provide. Ovens totally broke and can only use 2 burners. Im afraid that im now behind this rent that they can kick us outta here as well eventhough all these violations once again. Since we've been here my now 8 year old son never goes outside we have no yard where as before he used to always b outside playing basketball n riding his bike. Its killing me to even write this right now by the way. Im single mom im head housekeeper at best western and nothing ever seems to be enough. Bills are constantly being shutoff and recently my truck which is all i have was repoed last week. I dont know what i can do im trying to hang in there for kids sake. Buts its hard so im trying this page because i desperately need help. Please. Im even willing to borrow and payback because i'd hate to ask anything from anyone who may b in similar situation. Thank u and god bless u all so much.


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