12 On Your Side: Deplorable living conditions at Ervin Towers improving say some

By: Jerome Collins Email
By: Jerome Collins Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / November 5, 2013

"I'm leaving, I'm getting the hell out of here," said Calvin Hill. "You would not let animals stay like this," said Richmond County Commissioner Marion Williams.

Those comments came in July after folks voiced outrage about what they called deplorable living conditions inside Ervin Towers senior housing. After News 12 brought the problems to the attention of HUD officials, Maggie Jones was relocated from her mold-infested apartment into another unit..

"I'm glad to report that housing has been doing an outstanding job all the promises that they have made to us have been in the process of being taken care of," says Ervin Tower Association President Waltina Bryant.

She says crews have been working on the building to fix some of the problems that include moldy apartments caused by a leaky roof that officials say had not been patched for years. HUD officials say the cost to replace the roof will run close to $250,000.

"All of the required mold that was supposed to be removed they have tried to clear it up," says Bryant.

On Tuesday afternoon crews were on top of the building replacing the heavily damaged roof which we were told should be complete in about a week. "They've been on the job on the ball since the last time you came out," says Bryant.

She says she hopes conditions continue to improve for Ervin Tower residents and says she is grateful their voices were heard.

"You were on our side every time and the president before me she was always calling you out here. You come right out when somebody needs some help and thank you so much," says Bryant.

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