Many situations have been featured on THE-HOME-PAGE.NET in which slumlords have tried to get the better of folks and ended up biting off more than they could chew. It’s in no small part due to the folks that go beyond “common”. They step in from the sidelines to captain their ships on a quest for fair treatment in matters that don’t just hit close to home, THEY ARE HOME. Socorro is one of these people whose strength and resilience has led her to seek out a resolution to her escalating problems at the place where her and her family reside. Though this isn’t the average case of slumlord neglect and harassment, all the symptoms are there followed by a big fat +. Why the plus? Lets let Socorro’s own words be the testament as she details her situation to Cynthia Lezama at SAJE HQ.
NOTE: For people who aren’t sure what their rights are concerning harassment issues by a landlord (or anyone acting on their behalf), here’s a pdf file with examples of different types of harassment and what you can do according to your rights and the law. Landlord Harassment PDF
Jesus Lopez was at SAJE recently and gave us the latest concerning his apartment’s repairs and “un-repairs”, for lack of a better term. (See ‘SAJE Leader Jesus Lopez‘) Even though the situation is looking better as far as going forward with repairs, there are still many more problems with other rooms in his apartment, especially in his kitchen.
His kitchen ceiling is full of mold. He fears that mold might fall into his family’s food since it is located right on top of their stove.
Maria M. came to one of our meetings to share with us footage that she captured herself of some of the problems she’s been having in her apartment.She tells us that although her landlord sometimes makes repairs at her apartment, they tend to not last more than 15 days and then everything starts to breakdown again. Her landlord is now trying to increase her rent and accuses Maria of violating her initial contract of 4 tenants, but the number of tenants in her apartment has not changed.
This isn’t the first occasion that Maria has spoken up about her slumhousing issues. Her apartment has been covered in a previous blog post, which you can check out here: http://the-home-page.net/asthma-tour/
As you watch this video, observe the unnecessary struggle Alma and her family must endure to stay “above water” in a manner of speaking. Would the slumlord who owns that property have their health and much less the health of their children at risk of sickness or worse in order to save a few bucks?
“The process of really being with other people in a safe, supportive situation can actually change who we think we are. . . . And as we grow closer to the essence of who we are, we tend to take more responsibility for our neighbors and our planet.”
South L.A. resident Tony J. recently dropped by SAJE to talk about his own current slum housing experience and wouldn’t you know it…. Before the video we took of him giving us the details of his unsung voice for repairs was even uploaded, he had an emergency flood in his unit! His upstairs neighbor, also dealing with repair issues (obviously), explained that toilet plumbing was the culprit.
On January 15th Maria T. came to one of our weekly blogging meeting and shared with us her struggle turned triumph with a little help from her friends and neighbors at SAJE. Berta Garcia was on hand with a camera to capture an interview.
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.