Mold and bacteria force mother and daughter to leave their home

A mother and daughter are left homeless after discovering that their home is making them seriously ill.

Patsy’s mom said high levels of mold and bacteria were found in the Wentworthville home in western Sydney.

The couple are now too scared to spend more than a few seconds inside without respiratory protection.

The homeowner, Hume Community Housing, is a non-profit organization offering a range of housing options for those in need, from temporary housing, private rentals, social housing, and affordable housing.

“We lived here for 10 years; we didn’t know why we were sick and then realized it was home,” Patsy told A Current Affair on Tuesday.

At 47, Patsy was forced to move into a tent with her 17-year-old daughter, Madeleine, located in her mother’s garage in nearby Bankstown.

“I feel like a parked car and we just got rid of,” Patsy said.

Patsy has been diagnosed with a mold-related condition called chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS) and says she takes 36 pills every morning.

Madeline is homeschooled in a garage and has developed symptoms of anxiety and depression which has led to her being assigned a guide dog.

Patsy is also too afraid to use the bathroom in her mother’s house, which has a small amount of mold, meaning they are forced to shower and use the bathroom outside.

“We toilet in a bucket with a garbage bag. This is not good,” said Patsy.

According to her mom, an inspection of Patsy’s house by a housing provider showed that it was “reckless” to continue living in the house.

“They ignored my report and left us to live in the backyard in the pouring rain, with a shower outside and a toilet in a bucket,” she said.

Patsy says she continued to pay rent for the property despite the report’s findings on airborne pollutants.

Hume Community Housing has since issued an eviction notice to Patsy after failing to find suitable alternative housing for the couple.

The group told ACA that they tried to address the issue by renovating Patsy’s home and offering her 15 alternative properties over the past two and a half years, which she turned down.

She was told to seek help from the Department of Housing.

“I think the landlord was trying to imply that I was out of my mind even after I gave them the report,” Patsy said.

“We deserve a home to live in. We deserve to be treated with respect.”

Originally published as ‘Recycled’: Mold forces family to leave home