A number of residents of the Cabo San Lucas and Redford residences protested outdoors the Houston Housing Authority on Monday.
HOUSTON — Residents of two southeast Houston residences with a historical past of points are protesting what they name a wrongful eviction from models in “deplorable” situations.
Dozens of tenants joined a caravan to the Houston Housing Authority headquarters Monday to protest the continued points. Some mentioned they skilled points from day one among transferring in.
“Instantly as soon as I moved to the Redford, I obtained held at gunpoint going to test my mailbox,” mentioned Natishia Myles who’s been dwelling on the Redford for 2 and a half years.
She mentioned she’s going through a wrongful eviction although she’s receiving housing help.
Annoyed tenants have submitted a letter to the Houston Housing Authority and a number of other different teams, together with the Coalition for the Homeless.
“We have now suffered from the extreme and uninhabitable situations of those house complexes since our arrival,” the letter reads. “The influence of dwelling in these residences didn’t enhance our lives, however worsened them with out significant alternatives to file complaints or to be relocated by your packages.”
Residents declare they’ve handled points like bodily assault by workers, mailboxes tampered with, charged hire and utility charges whereas on a housing program, confronted eviction whereas nonetheless actively on a housing program, frequent electrical energy and water shutoffs, giant holes in ceilings from water harm, non-functioning A/C throughout excessive warmth, and lots of extra.
“Many individuals are recipients of housing assist, and as reasonably priced housing advocates, we firmly imagine there must be transparency and accountability on the subject of the recipients of those funds being Cabo San Lucas and the Redford,” mentioned Taylor Laredo, with the non-profit group Texas Housers, that organized Monday’s rally.
The Houston Housing Authority despatched KHOU an announcement saying whereas they do not personal or handle the properties, they’re deeply involved by the problems tenants are going through.
“The Houston Housing Authority (HHA) exists to offer reasonably priced properties and providers to greater than 60,000 low-to-middle revenue Houstonians. HHA acknowledges the issues raised by the Southeast Tenant Info Group concerning the studies of deplorable dwelling situations on the Cabo San Lucas and Redford house complexes. Whereas the HHA doesn’t personal or handle both of those properties, we, too, are deeply involved in regards to the situations reported and are dedicated to helping our shoppers to make sure their models are inspected and meet the standard customary of liveable and sanitary situations. Moreover, in response to the wrongful eviction of households from the abovementioned properties, the Houston Housing Authority has taken motion previous to the protest at present: the HHA staff has been working diligently to help affected households by re-housing them to dignified and safe dwelling preparations, prioritizing their well being, security, and well-being. When our shoppers have encountered such challenges up to now, HHA has quickly responded to make sure our shoppers wants have been met instantly and immediately. HHA stays dedicated to its shoppers and can proceed to work diligently to mitigate any wrongful evictions and take away them from unacceptable dwelling preparations. Our major focus is on discovering housing options that profit each our shoppers and the communities we serve.”
Myles mentioned the cash being paid ought to go in the direction of fixing the continued issues at these residences.
“If you happen to’re offering cash for the state of affairs then do what you’re imagined to be doing, and that’s not being achieved,” she mentioned. “We’re asking to be listened to and to. Not be handled like animals.”
Texas Housers mentioned the tenants can be assembly with the Houston Housing Authority within the coming weeks.
A spokesperson for the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County tells KHOU in a part of an announcement, “We’re joyful to analyze the problem(s) if they’re residing in one of many housing packages of The Method Dwelling and the yare prepared and capable of share their data with us.”
“Earlier than a shopper is moved into any of The Method Dwelling’s housing packages, a rigorous inspection is finished to make sure their house meets Housing High quality Requirements (HQS). This is able to imply on the time the shoppers moved in, their models handed inspection. It’s attainable that with new homeowners, new administration, or for different causes, the properties deteriorated over time or had much less sources invested in them,” the assertion mentioned.
KHOU additionally reached out to the property administration corporations for the Cabo San Lucas and Redford complexes for remark.