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Fort Bragg family living in motel after black mold found in on-post home

April 5, 2019

Another Fort Bragg family is having a major problem with their on-post housing - mold.

Military leaders at Fort Bragg say they started hearing about mold in some of the homes on post in November, after Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael, but admit not all of the issues are weather-related.

Tamara Terry and her family, including her three young kids, were forced out of their home due to black mold. She then contacted Corvias Military Living, the company that manages the housing on post.

“They sent over a Corvias technician, and he actually caulked over the black mold in my children’s bathroom. When I found out what he was doing, I stopped him,” she said.

Fort Bragg checked on that claim and discovered black mold wasn’t being covered with caulking. However, Terry shared pictures of mold growing in vents and along the baseboards, and it’s even spread to their mattress. She says it was making her children sick.

“They told me to try to clean it to see it would come off,” she said. “Maybe it was mildew, so I did that and waited another week, and it’s like the cleaner made it worse.”

The family of five has spent the past week crammed into one room with two beds at a Spring Lake motel.

Fort Bragg Housing Director Greg Jackson met with the family Thursday morning. He says Corvias crews were at the home making repairs.

Jackson says there are 12 other families living in motels.

“The intent is to get them back into their home, or into a relocated home as quickly as possible,” Jackson said.

While living in a motel is uncomfortable, Terry says she and her husband don’t blame the command at Fort Bragg.

“I blame Corvias and I blame the federal government for still allowing the contract to continue after they were made aware of the problems that we were having,” she said.

Jackson says it may take Corvias about six months to catch up on the backlog of work orders to fix all the houses on post that have problems.