Encouraged by the Tampa Housing Authority to become first-time home buyers in 2008, 12 black families spent up to $175,000 to become new home owners. But their American dream soon became a nightmare because of faulty Chinese drywall, according to

Within months, light fixtures and wall sockets stopped working. Air-conditioning units kept breaking down.

The toll was human, too, with residents complaining of headaches, rashes, nosebleeds and breathing difficulties.

Eight years after they purchased those homes, the families still search for a resolution.

With no help in sight, eight of the 12 families eventually walked away from their homes, their credit ratings ruined.

The rest remain, stuck making hefty mortgage payments on virtually worthless homes, still fearing for their health and future.

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