Amie Norqist spent part of this week with her daughter Allie in the hospital.
Norquist and her family lived recently in a house on MacDill Air Force base.
Norquist says they were forced to move out after discovering mold in the home.
She maintains an effort to remove the mold only made things worse when the mold was spread throughout the home by a crew that was there to clean things up.
As a result, her daughter and other children are still having health problems.
“Allie is having a lot of issues with breathing and an extensive cough. She had a lung biopsy a couple of days ago,” said Norqist.
The Norquists and others have been complaining for months about the mold problems, but they now seem to be getting some attention.
Friday, Heather Wilson, the Secretary of the Air Force will travel to MacDill to meet with families who’ve had problems and to learn what’s being done about the problem.
Traci Lenz and her family are also having health issues because of the mold and were also forced to move out of their base assigned housing because of the problems.
This week, Lenz spotted several work crews in the house she was assigned to live in.
“We should be excited, but I soon realized that it was because my house was on the list of homes that was to be toured by the Secretary of the Air Force when she toured, so it was this frenzy to fix the home,” said Lenz.
She says other homes with similar mold problems are not getting the same attention.
“What’s most upsetting about that is I have two neighbors who are displaced right now. One of them is in the ICU with cancer and she will not be able to return to her home ’til it’s fixed and she’s out of her home,” said Lenz.
Norquist is hopeful that things will change now that the mold problem is getting attention at the highest levels.
She says her emails and questions are being followed up on from the people in charge and that wasn’t happening a few months ago.
“What has been happening is more and more residents are starting to speak out and kind of unify our efforts and hope to create change and build a sense of community here,” said Norquist.