When I started this blog, I had a mental “rule” that I’ve stuck with thus far. I said I wasn’t going to write about homes that people live in. Especially if children lived there. Imagine the shame you’d feel if you read about your dilapidated home on the internet — or worse yet, you’re at school, and another kid walks in and says something awful about your living conditions.
However, rules are meant to be bent sometimes, and I think this is one of those times. We have a fairly active Facebook page, and someone posted some photos, along with a heartbreaking story — and I think it needs further investigation, and perhaps some public scrutiny of the slumlord who owns the home.
Without revealing too many details, such as the tenant’s name and address — here’s the story:
An elderly woman is living in a row house — she’s not only elderly, but she’s in poor health, and quite frail. The house has been overrun by junkies, and there doesn’t seem to be any working toilets/sinks in the house. According to a neighbor who reported the story, the stench is incredible — you can smell it from next door. There is also a little girl who stays there from time to time — she’s the daughter of one of the junkies. Not only have the junkies overtaken this woman’s home, they’ve abused her — and the landlord has allowed it to continue, charging each person $400 a month to stay in the house (despite the conditions).
Here are just a few photos, supplied by a neighbor who’s called Baltimore Housing, Child Protective Services, Elder Services, and the police — to no avail:
Folks, I don’t know about you — but this bothers me on so many levels. The City, despite being told many times about the situation in this house — a situation that involves an elderly frail woman and a small child — has done nothing. The landlord has done nothing except collect his $400 a month from everyone staying there (despite only the elderly woman being on the lease). It’s time to push the issue, and make sure the City not only gets rid of the abusive tenants, but they need to hold the landlord responsible for allowing this woman to live in unsafe, unsanitary conditions. Continuing to take money from the interlopers who have abused this woman (in front of the little girl, no less) is beyond despicable.
As always, I’ll keep you posted on the story. I’m hoping there’s a happy ending for the woman and the little girl.