Assistance Fund for Angel in Need
Our beloved friend, Peri, requires our help. She has lived in her rent-stabilized, studio apartment on East 16th Street in Manhattan for over 30 years. The building was previously owned by the famous landlord, Sol Goldman, and is now owned by his billionaire children. Their management company, Solil Management, can be found on Yelp and other peer to peer rating websites. Please look them up. They are one of the largest landlords in New York; yet they are also notorious in terms of what their tenants say about their lack of concern for the safety and well being of the tenants.
Starting a year ago, Peri was having inexplicable symptoms of illness —bloodshot & burning eyes, skin rashes that wouldn’t heal, chronic fatigue, joint inflammation, sleep deprivation, colds & flus that lasted weeks and months on end, throat & ear issues, digestive issues. She spent countless days exhausted and sick in bed. At the urging of her astute physician, Peri was finally prescribed specific lab tests to evaluate the cause of her illnesses. The results were horrific. Her exposure to mold in the last year sent her numbers off the chart —healthy levels are below 2831. In November 2017, Peri’s result was 13,651. Her results are 400% greater than levels considered safe for the body.
A subsequent professional mold test was performed in her apartment which revealed high levels of mold in the air and mold growth in her walls, ceiling, bathroom, as well as other areas of the apartment. The HPD has also inspected, confirmed and recorded recent violations for mold in the apartment. They found 9 violations in Peri’s apartment alone. There are 51 building-wide HPD violations, 21 of which are “Class A violations”.
Peri has ongoing medical expenses and has been advised by her doctor that there is clear evidence of auto-immune disease and immune deficiency based on her exposure to toxic mold, and that she needs to vacate the apartment immediately. Peri has been staying with friends as much as possible, but needs to find a sublet or share asap. She has not been able to work because of her medical condition. Her doctor is imploring her to move and not reside in the building anymore because the building itself is full of mold and Peri’s health cannot recover in that environment.
The landlord, 145 East 16th Street LLC, has been advised of the above, but has thus far refused any kind of compensation, both financial or remedial, not to mention help for her accruing medical expenses. They have refused to offer her any compensation to surrender her rent-stabilized lease, and they have done nothing to even address the mold in the apartment. Her only hope is to hire a lawyer and engage in a legal battle. Unfortunately, she does not have funds for legal representation and yet the situation is dire.
Peri needs our immediate help. Peri is an artist, a fashion maven and FIT teacher and counselor; designer, stylist, fundraiser, event planner, hostess, volunteer worker. She has always been a selfless angel to so many of us. Now we ask to help us return the love. She requires money to help her move, pay for ongoing medical bills and expenses, and hire an attorney to sue her landlord for negligence and constructive eviction.
Please find it in your heart to donate, any amount, big or small, it will go a long way to aiding Peri through this crisis.
Donations through this site are generally not tax deductible, but if there is a major donor (more than $5,000) who wants to donate and receive a tax deduction, please contact us and we can make arrangements to try to help facilitate.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.
and Dan Schneider
Notes on "Help Our Peri" Team:
We are some of Peri's closest friends here in New York City who have been helping her through this time by working with her legal team, documenting her apartment troubles, and providing her support as she moves from place to place until all this is sorted. The funds are collected by Ryan Adams, who has been running this campaign and was nice enough to put the initial money so Peri did not have to wait for GoFundMe to disperse them. It is then distributed directly to Peri via QuickPay or used to pay for services for her during this tough time. The money is being used to move her into a new place, pay for legal fees, and replace many of the damaged items, as well as cover any fees while she is transitioning to a new permanent residence.
From Team Peri:
Thanks to all of you who have contributed to help Peri thus far. She sends her love and appreciation to each and every one of you. This is our first update in some time, because 6 weeks ago, the situation at Peri’s apartment went from toxic to disastrous. This calamity could have been avoided, but due to the ongoing intentional negligence of the horrific billionaire landlords, it was bound to happen.
Now, Peri is literally homeless.
Her rent stabilized apartment of over 30 years is uninhabitable after the landlord ignored multiple leaks in the ceiling and ignored court orders to address the leaks, until finally a catastrophic flood occurred and the roof literally fell in. See the attached video.
We are well aware how often these days that we are inundated with pleas for money, but we need donations NOW to help us with getting Peri a home, retaining legal counsel, meet her ongoing health needs, replace destroyed property, pay for unexpected storage costs, dry cleaning costs for what clothes were salvageable, and so on. Anything you can contribute adds a tremendous amount to our effort and is deeply appreciated.
She is also looking for house sitting and/or dog sitting opportunities. She has been couch surfing on friend's couches for months now. A stable sublet or apartment share would be great. She would leave town if she could, but her attorneys say they need her here to go to Court as a witness in the upcoming “HP action” to document her Landlord’s malfeasance in “constructive evicting” her from her home of more than 30 years.
On October 5, 2018, Peri, through her counsel, filed a lawsuit in Supreme Court, New York County against her landlord, “145 East 16th Street LLC” and her managing agent, “Solil Management, LLC” (Index # 159266/2018).
See copy of Summons & Complaint here: http://bit.ly/peri-summons-10-05-2018
Unfortunately, lawsuits can take years to move through the courts. In the meantime, Peri is doing her best to recover her health and deal with the loss of many of her possessions and the loss of her rent stabilized apartment.
Here’s the highlights of what’s gone on:
* Multiple housing violations were found by the city and the landlord cited over a period from May through September, including for leaks and mold.
* Landlord repeatedly went to court and falsely claimed violations were addressed, when in fact they did nothing to find the source of the leaks and fix them.
* Housing court judge finally hears the case in August, hears from Peri, requires landlord to agree to return to the apartment September 6 and address the leaks and other unfixed violations.
* Peri spends several exhausting days preparing the apartment for major work to be done on September 6 when Landlord refuses to help in any way to protect Peri’s belongings or prepare the apartment for work.
* September 6 - the landlord FAILS TO SHOW UP. No word, no call, NO work done.
* September 12 - the leaks EXPLODE into a catastrophic FLOOD...all across and throughout the ceiling, streaming down the walls, flooding through the closets, through ceiling light fixtures, inches of water on the floor... and a MASSIVE HOLE opens in the ceiling which collapses into the living room.
* Inside the massive hole in the ceiling is revealed black sludge and mold all through the ceiling.
* Flood continues for hours and hours. This is one of numerous floods that the landlord has allowed to happen in the building and on the same floor.
* the NYC Fire Department had to come in day of flood and shut off the power because water was flooding through ceiling light fixtures. The stench of mold was everywhere and the HPD inspector said he had never seen anything like it before in his line of work!
* Building workers only came in because water is leaking down to floors below. They put a barrel under the main hole in the ceiling, put some plastic down, then DISAPPEAR again for days and weeks - with NO REPLY to calls or emails for help.
* NO word about plans to fix the leaks, the holes. NO word about cleaning up or taking care of all Peri’s clothes and belongings, many of which are ruined.
* MOLD has now spread throughout the apartment, all along and beneath the flooded flooring, and in the walls and closets. Landlord pretends nothing has happened.
* NO attempt to clear up the MOLD. When they do come in, they ignore the instructions of the mold remediation company and paint over the wet walls and ceiling. They do NOTHING to remediate the mold infested flooring, which gets worse and worse as time goes by. They want to put down new carpeting - ON TOP OF THE MOLD.
* October 5, 2018, Peri, through her counsel, files a lawsuit in Supreme Court,New York County against her landlord, “145 East 16th Street LLC” and her managing agent, “Solil Management, LLC” (Index # 159266/2018).
We are having a Benefit Concert for Peri at the Actor’s Temple on Sunday 12/2/18 from 2- 6 PM. The event will be live streamed and our goal is to raise another $10,000 towards the Peri Fund. We are looking for sponsors, volunteers, singers, dancers, comedians, poets, clowns, testimonials, and donations of any type.
Please email any of the below friends of Peri if you wish to donate or volunteer.
Thank you for anything you can contribute. Your love and concern are deeply appreciated.
Keni Fine, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Peterson, email@example.com
Dan Schneider, firstname.lastname@example.org
I cannot express how profoundly grateful and moved I am by your kindness, support, and generosity. I’m actually crying now, as I write this. For the first time in many months, it looks like there is some light on the horizon in terms of finding a lawyer to help make things right.
As a typically private person, this has been especially difficult for me to talk publicly about what has been happening in my life. That being said, it’s been only heartwarming, gratifying and life-affirming. I have the most extraordinary wonderful group of beautiful friends comprising Team Peri, to whom I am eternally grateful.
I am speaking with several attorneys this week, and I’m hopeful that we will find one of them to take my case. There are several actions pending against the landlord, and court dates in the next few weeks.
While my health continues to be an ongoing issue, and I make every attempt to be out of the apartment as much as is humanly possible, it is the outpouring of love that is the very BEST medicine I could receive on this journey.
I am sending love and blessings to each and every one of you... my heart is full.