HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department is now involved in finding answers at the Sterlingshire apartment complex and sent several inspectors to the property on Friday.
It comes as more news of dire conditions comes to light and tenants say management continues to make matters worse.
Frustrations have grown for residents who say they have lived in moldy apartments, with malfunctioning, pest-infested appliances.
Management released a statement saying in part that the units featured in our initial report have been vandalized, broken into, and believed to be vacant.
“I got money order receipts, I got a lease,” resident Elisha Bailey said. “I have been here for five years. It’s impossible.”
Meanwhile, other concerns, such as huge rat infestations, surface.
What appears to be mice and rats in the units can be seen in cellphone video and a photo sent to KPRC 2 by a tenant.
“They (the rats) have to live in the stove because when it gets hot they come out,” said fellow resident Eva Wheeler.
“Big rats!” shouted another woman.
City inspectors responded to complaints and searched several units this morning.
“The main thing is that we brought them here, so they must see the horrible madness that we have seen in the past few days,” said Dr. Candice Matthews of the Houston chapter of the Rainbow Push Coalition.
On top of that, some tenants say they faced more retaliation following initial reports from KPRC 2, such as air conditioning units ripped out and more calls to child protective services.
Now residents and defenders are pushing back.
“I went a little further. I contacted the commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Austin, and alerted the entire CPS. I alerted them to let them know that false claims were coming from this apartment complex,” Matthews added. “You can call and report the apartment for perpetuating unsafe living conditions for the elderly and babies. The door opens in both directions.
Residents are urged to call 311 to complain about unsafe living conditions.
It is advisable to record the case number, date and time and then inform the district council member.
So far in Sterlingshire, the city has found that several breaches need to be corrected.
KPRC 2 hopes to know the full results of Sterlingshire’s inspection soon.
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