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Subsidized Housing

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

I live in subsidized housing. Don't get me wrong. I do appreciate having a roof over my head, heat, lights, etc. But there are drawbacks.

First is the problem with the cigarette smoke that seems to seep through the walls from one unit to another. Not easy for an asthmatic! And the smell of Marijuana that hangs around the hallways is nauseating.

When things break or go wrong, it can seem to take a long time for it to be fixed. Most recently, the entry-phone system to the building is down. This means there is no way to buzz anyone into the building so if someone comes to visit or a home care aid arrives, the resident has to physically go to the front door to let them in. This is very hard for people with mobility issues who cannot get around easily. Some of them may need the care aid to help administer medications correctly and on time. The system went down on Wednesday and the response from the manager was "We'll try to get to it as soon as we can" Still not fixed as of this evening. So what happens if one of those residents can't get down to the door to open it? Do they go without their meds? Does management even care?.

Something happened to the lock on the front door. No one's keys will turn. My key will go in the lock but will not turn. I am afraid to take my garbage out in case I can't find someone in the building who will let me in.... Other than that, I can just stay in my suite. But others may not have that option. Some have to go to work, or go to medical appointments, etc. Wonder how long it will take them to fix that?

We are still waiting for them to fix a problem that resulted from flooding over a year ago. They removed the carpeting at the time..... and about a month ago someone was in and removed the damaged drywall (took them long enough to do that!) but nothing else since.

Like I said, I am grateful to have a place to live, but I do wish I could afford to move. But I don't see that happening (sigh)

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  • --KREN
    My mother lived in public housing during her last 6 years of life and it was really great! We were fortunate to find the best one. I hope your management makes some improvements for all of you!

    33 days ago
    43 days ago
    Good grief! Smoking of any kind should not be allowed in subsidized housing. The other things should be addressed ASAP. You might call services that help seniors. Most places have them. They can file a complaint about this and get something done.
    43 days ago
    HUGS and so sorry you are having so many issues w/your housing.

    43 days ago
    Sorry to hear! I am surprised that smoking is allowed in the building? I live in Canada and I think most multi-unit buildings are smoke free. At least the ones I have friends living in. Maybe your building will change?
    44 days ago
  • no profile photo MEATYOU
    Thank you for sharing this. If you haven't already done so, you can file a complaint online or call the HUD hotline. Please be sure to keep notes.
    44 days ago
  • LOF7203
    Thanks for sharing
    44 days ago
  • TOWBALL4540
    I know how you feel I use to live in subsidize housing
    44 days ago
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