‘I feel like I’m failing really’: Mother desperate to move her children out of public housing

IMAGINE having to professionally clean your house every fortnight, being unable to store your clothes and breathe in thick, damp air which is also making your children sick.

This is the reality faced by Kaylah Hayward and her five children, aged between one and nine years old, in their Housing NSW home.

The family has been living in the four-bedroom house for the past two years and had been trying to leave almost ever since due to its mould problem.

Mould affects the flooring and walls, reaching the window sill in some rooms.

Growth is also visible on a mattress, purchased new when the family moved in, and on curtains in two of the bedrooms.

The windows themselves also show signs of moisture damage.

“I looked under my bed and it looked like grass was growing, it was growing on the carpet and on my slats,” Ms Hayward said.

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