Pregnant mom stuck in moldy apartment so young kids have to ‘eat on the floor’

A 34-year-old woman who is heavily pregnant said she was stuck in a tiny apartment, so small her children had to eat off the floor, and that the council was not doing anything about it

In the tiny apartment
The apartment is too small for the three of them

A heavily pregnant woman said she was stuck in a moldy apartment so small her children had to eat on the floor – and her pleas for the council to move fell on deaf ears.

Latasha Smith, 34, is just weeks away from giving birth and has made several calls to the local authority to ask for help. She said her apartment was overcrowded and derelict.

She said her living situation takes a toll on her mental and physical health, and she cries in her bathroom most days when MyLondon reports.

Croydon Council brought Latasha and her family into the one bed studio apartment and it was only when Latasha was at her wits end that they found her somewhere else to live.







Latasha found her child playing in the mold and now worries about her health
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Latasha, a former prison officer and caretaker, has to regularly clean the windows of toxic black mold, but the mold keeps growing back. She says their windows don’t open properly, making it difficult to ventilate the one room they share.

While the mother was in the toilet, she was horrified to see her toddler playing with the black mold on the window sill. She assumes that her daughter imitated her in that she had to religiously remove the mold.

Latasha said: “I sit down and break down every day, I try to be strong again and say, ‘okay, let’s go out,’ but it’s not easy.

“There is no place to do anything. That’s no way for a single mother to watch her kids do something like that. My daughter cries and says, ‘Mom, when are we getting out of here?’







Latasha said black mold would collect on the windows
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“It’s not fair for my youngest, she can’t even explore in her own environment, there’s no place for her to explore. Croydon Council brought me here and that was it.

“You brought me here and forgot everything about me.”

Latasha says she received little to no help and was once “blanked” by the council after telling them in January she was pregnant and could not continue living there.

She said: “I don’t know where they expect me to put my baby, they know – I told them when I was pregnant but they blanked me.







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“Nobody answered me, nobody answered me. I don’t have anyone else so it makes my job as a mother to my girls harder if I try and keep getting dragged down – it’s not fair.”

Latasha said she hasn’t had a working shower for eight weeks and has been forced to use her neighbor’s shower with her teenage daughter while her two-year-old is washed in a small bucket of water.

Your hob only has one working ring as a leak in the ceiling previously damaged the electrical system. While saying that she is too scared to use the stove because it is broken and smells like smoke every time she uses it.







The house was cramped and unhygienic
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Latasha says she wishes she could make her kids healthy food from scratch, but has to cater to them with takeaway or ready meals instead because that’s the only option.

She added: “Am I asking too much? A running shower so I can wash my kids? A stove to cook so we can eat and space to eat where we can have a table? Basic things, just basic things that we charge for. I don’t even ask for luxury stuff.”

Although Latasha and her family have sent several emails to the council, they are still living in the temporary housing that the council has provided.

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After MyLondon first contacted the council on Thursday 26 May, it was confirmed on Friday 27 May that the family will find a new home.

A Croydon Council spokesman said: “Our team have found a new home for this family [on Friday, May 27] and the family will now be relocated as soon as possible.

“We sincerely apologize for not feeling supported in their homes and recognize that given the national housing demand, families are sometimes left in temporary situations for far too long.

“It is unacceptable that they feel ignored. The Council is committed to ensuring that all of our residents and families are treated with respect and empathy when dealing with our services.”

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