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Is You House Making Your Child Sick? East Harlem Woman Thinks It Could Be

A mom in East Harlem worries her apartment is making her baby sick and thinks yours could be doing the same.

Shatia Holland hasn’t used the kitchen in her Metro North Plaza apartment in over eight months. Holland says the apartment is in desperate need of repairs all around and that living under such conditions is very hard as a mother.

“It’s aggravating,” she says. “I can’t let my children see me fold. I have to take it on the chin.”

Holland says she often feels stressed about her living situation and that stress brings tears. She’s also worried about the health of her one year old daughter, Julissa. “It’s not good for the baby to breathe this in. I think our house is making the baby sick.”

WPIX-11 in New York reached out to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for comment and was assured that they have addressed and repaired a leak above Holland’s apartment earlier this week and that other repairs to include plastering of walls and painting will follow.

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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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