Woman says mold-covered apartment crawling with slugs



Posted on March 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 10:45 PM

Natalie Shepherd / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Andricka Phillips has a hard time walking without wheezing.

“I am so sick of being sick. My asthma has never been this bad.”

She blames it on what's lurking in her bathroom. There’s mold all over the walls and around the tub.

“Mold is the biggest problem that I have,” she said. “I've been dealing with that for almost a year now.”

But that's not all. There are wriggling, worm-like slugs all over the tub, and the whole house leaks when it rains.

“As you see, oh wow. It actually moves, and it feels damp.”

Phillips has lived at the Lakeside Apartments in New Orleans East for three years. She said the mold started last summer.

Phillips receives help through the Permanent Supportive Housing program. The organization sent a letter to the landlord and asked for the problems to be fixed, or else they'd stop paying her rent.

“It’s always going to be they're going to fix it, or fill out a form, we're going to get back to you,” she said. “OK, all that's been done. nothing still has not been done yet.”

In the middle of the day, the apartment's office was closed and locked. No one answered our knock.

Phillips said that's part of the problem. The property has been under different management several times, and a search of the Orleans Parish records doesn't immediately reveal who's responsible for the apartments.

Phillips has appealed to the Louisiana Housing Corporation for help. In the meantime, she said the moldy conditions have sent her and her 2-year-old daughter to the emergency room with breathing problems.

“I guess I'm going to have to stay with family members until something is done because I can't drop dead. I have two kids that need me and I don't want nothing to happen to them, either.”