Fort Belvoir mold problem has uprooted families waiting for answers after several months

01.05.20 · The Washington Post

For several months, about two dozen families at the Fort Belvoir military base in Virginia have been living in a hotel, forced out of their homes by a pervasive mold problem that has caused illnesses and contaminated their belongings.

Though a defense-spending bill signed by President Trump last month is meant to prevent such problems with military housing, some of the Fort Belvoir families say their frustrating experiences have them looking for other housing options in the pricey Washington region.

“I don’t even want a house there anymore,” said Nicole Paynter, whose family of six — including her U.S. Navy commander husband — has been displaced since September.

Paynter said she’s now planning to move the children back home to Tennessee, while her husband remains behind.


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