She has lived for 62 years in a complex in The Bronx, but Albertha Fernandez is now battling for her life because the New York City Housing Authority hasn’t removed mold that’s been infesting her apartment since 2015.
Even a court order hasn’t moved the agency to act, documents show.
For an 83-year-old woman with lupus and other ailments, the ordeal is taking a toll, physically and emotionally.
“That’s NYCHA — they’re a slumlord,” she said. “When I first moved here, it was a beautiful place . . . Now, look at it.”
She’s been living at the Forest Houses on East 165th Street since 1956, and first complained of mold on the walls, ceilings and window frames in November 2015.
She also says the upstairs bathroom has been leaking filth from a toilet down onto her towels.
After getting the run-around for more than two years, Fernandez filed a civil lawsuit on Dec. 15, and got the court to order the housing agency to get rid of the mold and re-plaster and paint the apartment by March 7.
But agency workers didn’t show up for a scheduled appointment on Jan. 18, didn’t address the mold when they came to her unit on Feb. 9, and did no work despite two visits this week because of poor planning, Fernandez said.
“They are in contempt. They were supposed to finish it [by now],” she told The Post.
Fernandez, who in addition to lupus has high blood pressure, says the mold has affected her health and forced her to sleep at the foot of her bed by an open window. She adds she’s suffered dizziness and a persistent runny nose — all while being forced to trudge back and forth to court just to get the housing agency to do the right thing.
NYCHA, which has been in court since 2013 over its poor handling of mold problems, was hit with a consent decree in April 2014 that spelled out the steps it had to take to deal with mold issues, including a 15-day limit for remediation.
Agency officials did not respond to questions about Fernandez’s years of complaints.