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Resident shows dilapidated conditions in NYCHA building

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New York City says it is fixing up the exterior of the Castle Hill public housing development in the Bronx, but one resident showed Fox 5 that more help is needed on the inside.

Gwendolyn Peeks, a retired health care worker on disability, peeled off the contact paper to show us the damaged wall. She tried to cover up the peeling plaster and paint to protect the youngest family member, Aidan, who is 21 months old.

That's not the only issue. She opened the door to the bathroom and showed me extensive water damaged walls, mold-encrusted pipes, and holes in the walls. She said that trying to keep it clean has become a full-time job. But she said the worst comes from the yellow smelly water coming from upstairs.

Peek, who pays nearly $1,000 per month in rent, said she knows the drill for making a repair request of the landlord -- the New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA. She said some minor repairs have been done, like the pipe under the sink, but not the main issues like the sewage leak or falling plaster chips that she said she's been complaining about for several years.

We reached out to NYCHA, which asked us to provide the ticket numbers of the repair requests made by peek, which we did. NYCHA said it is looking into the situation.

We did see NYCHA maintenance at work in the development. Peek said she believes there aren't enough of NYCHA workers to do all the work that is needed. In the meantime, she said her sinus problems and daughter's asthma are getting worse.

Peek would like to move to a new apartment, but in the city's tight housing market, there are few options. Now she is afraid she will have to pay with her health.

NYCHA released this statement: "NYCHA is steadily moving forward addressing work orders on this apartment with several done and more to go. It's an ongoing effort and one what includes progress as well as challenges ahead. We're addressing our aging portfolio with limited resources but have focused heavily on repairs and quality of life and want to improve our residents' living conditions."

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