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Tenants forced to go without heat

Posted at 11:13 PM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 05:52:00-04

Most of us have been running the furnace for at least a week now, but tenants at one apartment building have had to bundle-up instead.

People who live at the Porter Apartments say they haven't had heat at all this fall, but that changed on Tuesday. Still, that doesn't fix all problems tenants are having.

"Its usually seriously freezing. And I never get cold," Patti Vanness said.

Vanness has lived at the Porter Apartments for a little over a year. The building is owned commercially but also receives subsidies through the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"I haven't been able to do much of anything because it is so cold."

And that's just the start of it. Vanness says her ceiling caved in on her bed a a year ago. She told management but nothing was done.

"And if I was at that time laying in my bed or my grandson because he was staying the night that night, we would have been hurt," she added.

Vanness' ceiling in her bathroom is caving and just Tuesday, the water was shut off due to a "major water leak." She wanted to share her story because she is worried about the apartment's older residents.

"They get sick easier because of their age and the health. Just because we don't have money, doesn't mean we should be treated any different," she said.

FOX 47 News reached out to the building's management, California Commercial Investment Group. They have not yet responded.

Both the water and heat were restored after News 10 asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development to look into the problems. You should call HUD if you live in federally-subsidized housing and have problems with your basic utilities that management won't fix.

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