SAJE leader Jesus Lopez and Manuel Medina documented the substandard living conditions that tenants are living through at Maplewood Ave.
Mold, leaky plumbing, and cockroaches are found throughout most of the apartment. Currently, Jesus is trying to get a SCEP (Systematic Code Enforcement Program) inspection due to the extremity of the slum housing conditions that every single one of these tenants is enduring.
Flora came down to SAJE to share the slum housing conditions that she is living through at her apartment on 36th St. Currently, she has a rat infestation that is bringing along fleas causing rashes in her and her childrens skin.
As we interviewed Flora, she kept mentioning that her house doesn’t work anymore! Why? Because she finds all kinds of insects that are invading her home like the termites that are eating through her apartment walls. What worries her most at the moment though, is the health of her kids. She is tired of hearing her youngest daughter cry at night due to her itching rashes and is ready to take action to attain a healthy home where her family can live happy.
Mirna has been featured in an article by La Opinion that can be found here: Vivienda que enferma. She is another resident of 39th Street and a neighbor of Emilia who was also featured in our blog: Flooded with Cockroaches.
We caught up with Mirna as she showed us that the asthma triggers in her home are no lie! Cockroaches, mold, and the old carpets in her apartment are all proof of slum housing conditions in her home.
SAJE leader Joey is back to report on the new issues at Park Grove. On his last time here, he reported on the problem he had with his electricity. You can watch that video here: Park Grove or Slum Grove II His electrical problem actually never got fixed and stopped all by itself, but now there are new problems. His landlord continues to try and impose absurd fees on tenants, but fails because Joey knows his rights and informs his neighbors!
This time, Joey is also helping his neighbors by writing repair notices for all. Each tenant has submitted a notice of repair to the landlord, just as he had asked and they all have proof of their reports. Currently, only 3 of them have received responses, but their united actions have just begun. Their next step as a group is to go directly to the LA Housing Department to ask for another inspector to come and check their inadequately “fixed” apartments.
Manuela L. has been living in her apartment for 14 years. She has five kids and is pregnant with another baby on the way. Her apartment has gone through different management personnel, but her apartment remains with the same slum conditions.
Recently, the mold in her apartment was “cured,” but after a few months it returned.
Most of the windows in her apartment are broken. Her children are prohibited from playing in the apartment hallways and in the backyard. The only place for them to play is in her living room. She fears for their safety, as she knows that they are very active and does not want any accidents to occur due to the broken windows.
On March 12, 2013, I interviewed Jesus Lopez about what happened with the repairmen in his home after New Year’s Day. Jesus already had problems with them due to a previous occasion where they only painted over the mold in his kitchen instead of doing a full restoration. This time they were about to do the same in the bathroom, but he stops them. He knows his rights as a tenant and stopped them because he knew that they were not making full repairs.
Jesus has been featured in one of our Spotlight’s before. To get a little more background on his story you can click on the link to read it: Jesus Lopez vs. US Bank
His mother, Heiyde Clemente, knew life was going to be difficult when she came to the United States, but she never imagined that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, her family would suffer from such deplorable conditions.