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Saturday, April 26, 2008

manufactured apartment making family ill

I moved into a manufactured apartment six months ago with my two sons. This is the nicest place we have ever lived in, the only three-bedroom place we have been able to afford. Before moving in we were camping out for two months because we couldn’t find anywhere else to stay.
Immediately after I moved in I began to sneeze, and would wake up with profuse amounts of phlegm in my throat. We’ve had burning eyes and nose. My sinuses have been affected and I have never had allergies or asthma before. I have had tremendous headaches. One of my sons and I have had bloody noses. We have all experienced extreme fatigue.
Two months after I moved in they posted formaldehyde warning signs stating: This building contains building materials that are known to cause cancer and reproductive damage and birth defects.
The formaldehyde has irritated my whole system so much I’ve been emotionally a wreck. I’ve ended up with bleeding in my stomach and blood in my stool, but my landlord won’t let me out of my lease. I am a single mother with two boys who rely on me. I am on disability. I have to decide between staying here and being poisoned or loosing my housing vouchers and being homeless.
They think they are doing low-income people a favor by building this kind of housing, and they shouldn’t complain. Because it is cost effective for some people to build them, is it okay to poison people? Large amounts of government financial was used to build this apartment complex. I think these places should be banned. They are planning on building these kind of manufactured apartments all over the country including in Hawaii.