We've been spoiled

@DCMerkle (1281)
United States
March 5, 2010 3:48am CST
I've had this little discussion that I wanted to write about, but I decided to calm down a bit before I started this topic. I live in a senior/disabled building. We have the worst landlords that we have ever had. We've had to push to get ourselves heard, get things done or just fight for minimal living standards, but the blizzards that the east coast was hit with was the straw that broke the camel's back for us. First, everyone that lives here is here because of a HUD grant. HUD grants are for the senior, senior/disabled or disabled that can not afford housing because of income or illness and qualify for HUD housing due to these two things. Now, we are a very tight community. We look out for each other and before the current landlords, we had a workable relationship with the old owners. The did what they had to do by law without being forced to do it and we were very appreciative of that fact. For the past few winters, we who live here, have had to shovel the sidewalks and parking lots ourselves because the current owners didn't see the need to get to it right away. Rather then complain about it and risking someone falling on the ice or emergency equipment not being to get in on the property, we've gone ahead and shoveled ourselves. Complaints were still filed. With the blizzard we all knew that things were at an emergency state and Maryland was at a stand still, so we didn't expect anyone to get out right away. So, we waited. The first storm hit. After 3 days and word of a second storm coming in we still had not had any of the snowed cleared from the first storm. During the second storm we still heard nothing or saw nothing being done. When the second storm ended many of the people that lived here were going out in shifts to shovel snow. We even had a man, who was out in his wheelchair trying to clear snow. I was trapped in the building because I couldn't get anywhere with my scooter and the man in a wheelchair couldn't even get out to the curb. No one could get their cars out to get to the store or a pharmacy. Well, to make a long story short, after 2 weeks from the last blizzard still the owners never even sent any of the maintenance out to clear the drifts away from the parking lots. We had friends and family that called the owners, and the local government was called and complaints were called in on the owners. We had the property management's rep. come for a meeting. He first tried to remind us that Maryland had been in a state of emergency, like we hadn't noticed, and said that in the past we had been spoiled and our feeling of entitlement was just too much for someone like us to expect. So, what are we left to do? We are not entitled to our rights because we just don't deserve so. We are too old and disabled to be afforded our rights. We are basically the bottom of the barrel.....or are we?
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
5 Mar 10
Hi DCmerkle, Let's back up for a minute, what did he mean by "someone like us"? Are you not human because you have a harder time getting around? Are you not human because you need a little more assistance sometimes then others? How can he say who is and is not entitled to something! I think that if he was in your shoes he would be so quick to judge! Sad that you have been ignored and excuses have been made simply because you are disabled. What did the management think, that because they were managing a building full of seniors and the disabled that no one COULD nor had the NEED to get out? It's sad what you and your neighbors had to go through. I hope that you can fight the system and get some better managers. The previous ones did as they were told, most likely had compassion, these new set seem to be all for the money and nothing for the community!
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
5 Mar 10
The sad thing is that when a building is sold and this is with any property, the tenants/residents don't have a say in who is buying the building. In our case, we have to hope for the best. He had just expected us to be intimidated and be kowtowed by him. For years I've had to remind the others that do feel that they could be evicted just for speaking up, that just because their income bracket is lower doesn't mean that they are afforded any less access to their rights as tenants. In fact, because we are under Federal as well as State and local laws we get the same. Nothing changes. Some of the elderly are too tired, weak or just want to be left alone and take whatever they can get. The current owners have never looked at us as people. They take the profit from the grants and put a minimum budget back into the property and use the rest to buy new property. Now I know that for a realty company this is the usual business practice, but for the owner we are nothing but their cash cow. The "someone like us" just defined who he thought we were. A bunch of weak, senile, sick people, who are on their last legs, and should be happy that we have a roof over our heads.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
5 Mar 10
The thing is, I bet if everyone stood up for their right to be living thre and be treated fairly, something would be done. The new owners would be knocked back on their butts! I'd hope atleast. Business Practices are all about the money, I know, and that's for any kind of business. It's sad but true. Well all I can hope for you is that the owners sell your property and you get knew and better, more kind and respectable owners.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
7 Mar 10
have you called the Americans with Disabilities people? I had a problem with a building that Maggiepie's mother used to live in and when the JERK maintenance guy basically told me because I was white he wasn't going to do anything - even tho the RESIDENTS, of all races had the same problem I had, I called them. Let me tell you, that broken door was replaced in 3 months! After YEARS of being broken most of the time! the ADA people may very well get them to listen
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
7 Mar 10
We do have actions that can be taken, but the HUD district supervisor isn't worth his weight in body waste. He just follows the basic of standards of the policy in addressing complaints. The owners get a slap on the wrist and life goes back to the same old, same old. Right now I am thinking of writing our Congress woman, who when she was a Senator for our State, spear headed having this building built in this community. It's a shot in the dark that may take a couple of rounds to go off before it is heard, but it's worth a try.
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