WICHITA FALLS (KFDX) — It’s been more than a week since we first reported about apparent cases of mold in local government subsidized housing.
Residents at Sun Valley Apartments on Central Freeway say maintenance has done some work but it wasn’t what they expected. The woman we spoke to in our last story says maintenance came to her home and didn’t fix the underlying problem and others are facing similar issues.
Resident Kenyanna Harris is not happy about her home in Sun Valley. She says every time it rains, she has to find a way to keep her unit dry after making several work orders with the apartment complex.
“I’m using blankets. I’m using my kids blankets to stop the water. I’m using sheets and blankets that I don’t have,” Harris said. “There’s no reason this should have been here for two weeks.”
She is also one of several residents concerned about apparent mold growing her apartment.. It’s an issue Harris says she’s been facing since she moved to the apartment complex in December.
We decided to go back to the home of the first woman we spoke to. She says maintenance came to her home after the story aired but they didn’t make the repairs she was expecting.
“Last time where there was a bunch of mold in one room, they painted over that,” the woman said. After the recent rain and maintenance changes, she says water spots continue to come back.
“The same water spots that was on there last time [you all] came. It is still there. He just put a board, nailed it and painted over it and then left,” the resident said.
Cheryl Jones, another Sun Valley Resident says her daughter and grand kids also live in different units and is concerned about the problems at the complex.
“There’s mold in almost everybody’s house such as my daughter’s and mines,” Jones said. “We both been going to the hospital of coughing and all these things.”
She says she wants to speak up for those facing issues in their apartment, as longtime residents don’t know what else to do.
“It just sad because we have no where to go but we can’t continue to live in the mold.”
Jones and the other residents hope changes come soon before they say the issue becomes a bigger hazard for others living in the complex.
KFDX reached out to the office at Sun Valley and left a voicemail and reached out the John Baker, who is with management that oversees the property. He says he recently conducted a walk through of the units and noticed no hints of mold.