A ceiling collapse in her decaying apartment was just the latest and largest problem ignored by NYCHA officials, an aggravated Brooklyn mother said Tuesday.
Mold, mildew and an infestation of cockroaches are among the myriad reasons Princess Morris’ home was barely livable even before the May 6 collapse — the second in five months at her home.
“This is not safe,” the 33-year-old single mother of four told the Daily News.
“It’s a health hazard. I can’t have my kids living in this environment. It could have killed them.”
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Instead, the frustrated family remains homeless while awaiting some word from city officials.
This month’s ceiling collapse in Morris’ Crown Heights apartment rendered the apartment uninhabitable, and destroyed much of her family’s belongings.
“NYCHA is not doing their job,” Morris said. “I’ve been in my apartment for two years, and since I’ve been there I’ve put in tickets, tickets, tickets — they still don’t do anything.
“I just want me and my kids to be safe.”
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But Morris wonders if it’s too late for that.
She says the atrocious conditions have taken a physical and mental toll on her kids.
“He’s already going back and forth to the doctor,” Morris said of her 7-year-old son, Lawrence. “His throat is swollen up, face breaking out.”
Lawrence, who attends nearby Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School, lost many of his clothes and toys in the collapse that drenched his belongings in rank sewage and other hazardous debris.
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“I hate this house,” the tearful little boy said. “The wall is on the floor.”
The mom said the city’s Housing Authority has yet to begin repairs on the two-week-old damage.
Calls to Morris’ housing assistant have largely gone ignored, she said, and NYCHA gave no timetable about when the repairs would begin — leaving the family of four without a home indefinitely.
“NYCHA obviously doesn’t care where me and my kids stay,” said Morris, whose family endured a smaller-scale collapse in January.
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“They shouldn’t have to go through this,” Morris said of her traumatized kids. “They should feel safe and they don’t. I don’t blame them.”
The devastated woman and her children have been bouncing back and forth between her mother’s downtown Brooklyn home and a family friend’s place in East New York.
“My mother’s house is crowded,” she said.
“By the same token, I shouldn’t be staying in anybody else’s house when I have my own. I should be comfortable, my kids should be comfortable, safe — everything.”
Morris, who has lived in the Weeksville Gardens complex for two years, said it took NYCHA nearly two weeks to simply come and review the extensive damage.
In March, Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency on NYCHA public housing.
Morris wants to know whether that means she’ll get an appropriate response.
“What’s your definition of an emergency?” she said. “This is an emergency.”
A NYCHA spokeswoman, Jasmine Blake, said carpenters will be at Morris’ apartment Wednesday.
“We will make immediate repairs to fix the ceiling and correct any underlying conditions like leaks, and we will determine why staff failed to make repairs in a timely fashion and take appropriate action,” Blake said.
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