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I am a 33 year old single mother of 2 children. We live in a trailer. Currently I am cleaning homes for a source of income which doesn't leave much after bills. Which is why I tried to do this myself. I can do some small repairs myself such as plumbing, painting, and little electrical, etc. Recently I tried to upgrade my kids' bathroom with new linoleum and paint, but was forced to stop and send my kids to stay with a family member for awhile.
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There was black mold behind the trim in the shower. I took it off and found much more than I can handle. I had to remove the shower and tub, walls and ceiling in one section. I have done most of the work, but need to take out the bad wood and rebuild this section. I don't know how or what to do to rebuild this. The boards are all dry rotted and crumbling and full of mold along with water damage. I have been trying to fix this by myself, but am not experienced in rebuilding walls or frame work.

My biggest concern is my children being exposed to the mold. Their bedroom walls run along the same wall and it is spreading towards their rooms. My dad is a handyman, but cant really help. He has a bad heart and lung problem and he and my mother have adopted 2 sets of siblings, totaling 9 children, most of which have disabilities. I need help in any way to fix this or any advice on what to do. We live in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Thank you.

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April 30, 20180 found this helpful

Mold can cause a lot of health problems and it looks like your trailer is beyond "cleaning up" the mold and will take major repairs.

  • Getting this type of work done is very costly and is not something that can be done with just labor cost so getting help will be difficult.
  • You do not say if you own the trailer/land but most likely whoever you ask for help will tell you to move to a government assisted living facility.
  • I do not believe you will find an agency to help you repair this trailer but you can make application and see what they tell you.
  • Be prepared to answer a lot of questions about your family income, support from the children's father (if none -why?), all other bills/payments as well as any government programs you now receive assistance from.
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  • You can start with these but your social services worker should be able to give you list of agencies to contact.
  • www.rd.usda.gov/.../wv
  • www.hud.gov/.../homerepairs
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May 2, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks so much for the info. Yes I do own the mobile home. I will be checking into the references you gave. I appreciate this very much

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April 30, 20180 found this helpful

If this is a rental, it is the landlords responsibility.
In my area, the local news stations have a staff member who handles situations where a viewer has some kind of issue. That staff member gets the proper agency to fix the problem or gets volunteers to help. It might be the solution for you.

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May 2, 20180 found this helpful

I own the mobile home. I am checking into different resources. I really appreciate your feedback on this matter

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May 5, 20180 found this helpful

Under the circumstances, the best thing for you to do is seek some sort of public or organizationa assistance who will provide resources for you to fix your situation. I know we have one in our area and when I looked at WV I saw this:

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www.hud.gov/.../homerepairs

This links to HUD programs, Habitat for Humanity which I know for sure helps with this sort of thing, Habitat for Humanity ReSTore stores which provide fixtures and materials for cheap. It also lists other programs by city.

Appalachia Service Project looks promising: www.asphome.org/.../
"ASP provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families.

For 48 years, weve made homes warmer, safer, and drier(R) for families and provided transformational service experiences for volunteers. Last year, 16,231 volunteers served with ASP, providing critical repairs for 493 families and constructing 26 new homes."

even if they can't help you I'm certain they know who can

best of luck!

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May 6, 20180 found this helpful

I would start with Habitat for Humanity or your local churches.

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May 7, 20180 found this helpful

You can check with Habitat but as a general rule they do not do any repairs to a mobile home and a repair like this will require permits to make this type of repair so local churches may not be able to help either as they usually try to help with labor assistance.

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