New report outlines changes needed for Mayor Wright HousingUPDATED 7:31 PM HST Jun 07, 2013Video Transcript
Cockroach eggs falling out of walls. Ants, roaches, and rats. Those are just some of the problems tenants at Mayor Wright Housing say they are living with. The Kalihi-Palama complex is home to more than 300 low income families. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa has details of a new report by a group calling for change. Washing machines blocking access to sinks... Sink cabinets that are falling apart. Tenants say appliances at Mayor Wright Housing are just downright old and BROKEN. James Fitzpatrick- Community organizer, FACE 3611 I THINK A LOT OF THE OPINION IS THINGS ARE JUST GOING TO GET FIXED PUT A BAND AID ON AN OPEN CUT 3618 A 31-page report outlining problems at the housing complex was compiled by the homeless advocacy group Faith Action for Community Equity, or FACE. The group surveyed 85 tenants over two months. Among the problems cited, 35 percent of windows need replacing ...many are patched with tape. bridge: 3016 TENANTS SAY ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS IN THE UNITS ARE THE BATHROOMS THERE'S WATER DAMAGE THAT LEAVES HOLES WHERE PESTS LIKE COCKROACHES COME THROUGH 3023 Miterin Miecho 2010 WHENEVER WE SLEEP THE COCKROACHES COME OUT WHEN ITS DARK THEY SOMETIMES COME ON OUR HEAD AND STUFF 2021 Cockroaches are everywhere, in cabinets, crawling on counter tops. The pests are ONE major problem. But, leaks and mold around bath tubs, cracks in floors, and rust--leaves FACE and some tenants saying the place can't just be repaired...There needs to be a full renovation. Ethleen Leichy lichee 232 WE WANT TO FEEL COMFORTABLE LIVING IN HERE WITH EVERYTHING FIXED 240 James Fitzpatrick 3822 REAL PEOPLE LIVE HERE THESE ARE REAL HOMES AND JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE LOW INCOME HOMES OR DOWN ON LUCK KIND OF FAMILIES THEY ARE STILL FAMILIES 3829 The Hawaii Housing Authority told KITV last weekend that repairs are planned. But, a full renovation will MOST likely not happen for another 2 to 3 years.