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South Side tenant`s complaints of unsafe living conditions go unheard

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Latosha Funches is struggling to raise her family in her $23-a-month apartment on Chicago's South Side, because a recent mold and mice problem has created deplorable living conditions.

Not only that, Funches' residence has no heat and her sons have to take medications before they go to school every day, as they now suffer from respiratory problems.

"My biggest problem is the mold because my kids have real bad asthma," Fuches says. "The mushrooms that's growing out the ceiling in the bathroom and kids room."

Funches says the mold problem in her third floor apartment is so bad that mushrooms were growing out of the ceiling.

She says because her two sons--ages 5 and 12--have respiratory problems, she wipes the walls down with bleach every day. She's been living in this flat for three years, and just recently, the mold became a huge problem.

Funches has documented all of her complaints with the property management company but she feels like no one is listening.

"I think it is because I'm a HUD tenant because she told me I could always get off of HUD and find me someplace else to go," Funches says. "I said, if I had the money like that, I would've been gone a long time ago."

"Mice come out the wall right here so I put these up in there," Funches points out. "And mice come out of the big ol' over here."

Funches says she doesn't blame the federal agency that allows her to subsidize her rent; she faults the landlord. As long as she's lived there, she says no one will tell her who owns the building.

Alderman Willie Cochran says he knows who owns the building and an inspection will be conducted with citations issued.

"When you see children who are being hospitalized as a result with breathing problems and suffering from asthma in the same apartment, it's criminal as far as I'm concerned," Cochran says.

Latosha Funches told FOX 32 News she's now working with CHA to try and find a new apartment, which may take at least three weeks.

Alderman Cochran says his office is going to work with the family and hopefully find them a new apartment within the next couple of days.

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