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Franks, Nasheed Lead Protest of Poor Housing Conditions

March 23, 2018 - 8:32 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - State Senator Jamilah Nasheed and State Rep. Bruce Franks led dozens of protestors down Page Avenue to decry what they say are substandard living conditions at the Clinton Peabody Housing Complex just south of downtown.

Residents have long complained of mice, roaches, backed up sewage, safety lapses and more. The Housing Authority says progress is being made with new exterminators coming by more frequently -- but one 50 year resident says other, major upgrades, haven't been done so the problem keeps returning.

“They have not done the upgrade in the plumbing, they have not done an upgrade on the kitchen cabinets, they have not done the upgrade in the ground work, they have not done the upgrading on anything that needs to be done,” she says.

Many residents, including Melissa Innes, said not nearly enough is being done to attack rodent, insect and security problems.

“From a business standpoint, if you all need to get together when we leave from here to figure out a different plan and a budget to address the issue, then that’s what you have to do. I think what the tenant are saying is you guys aren’t living it,” she says.

The Housing Authority says progress is being made. They're reporting significant reductions in mice and roach infestations, and they say odors of backed up sewage are almost gone. At one point the overflow crowd demanded Housing Authority Board members stay in their apartments to get a true sense of what it's like. One member, vice chair Shelby Watson, said fine, she'll do it, but didn't say when.