2100 MEMORIAL LAWSUIT: LET THESE PEOPLE STAY Three tenants of the Sixth Ward senior housing facility known as 2100 Memorial filed suit against the Houston Housing Authority on Friday, a day before Saturday’s unenforced deadline for all residents to leave the building. Acting for the tenants, Lone Star Legal Aid claims the agency violated the rights of the building’s residents by failing to hold a hearing in which tenants could contest the decision. The agency has not given residents “any evidence to support any of the allegations of unreasonable danger which rendered the apartments uninhabitable,” the lawsuit claims. Although the building’s first floor flooded, the tenants’ apartments suffered “little, or no, damage” from the storms, the lawsuit states. Lone Star Legal Aid claims the lawsuit means the HHA will now have to “produce the facts that support its decision.” [Lone Star Legal Aid; KHOU; previously on Swamplot] Photo: Realtor.com
Meanwhile….Residents reside in a yet undetermined level of potentially deadly hazards.
HUD, HoustonHousingAuthority, Lynd, CityOfHouston officials have been urged to acquire, and facilitate FEMA Mobile housing units (MHU) for residents during construction.
They should already have this done. Remaining residents are apparently sitting today in another public health hazard on that property. Management sitting around pretending to help is a joke. No availability of housing in the reasonable area.
It’s not difficult, if management says it’s dangerous, get fema mobile housing units here and remaining residents will stay safe during legal battle. Many residents have requested this and nothing has been done!
A lawyer wants these people to stay there? Is this the same lawyer that would sue when the utilities were not dependable? When the fire system fails?
Katie, that’s a 12 story building! Where would you locate “Mobile housing units” (sic) for over 180 people? FEMA’s Manufactured Housing Units (MHU’s) are not designed to be stacked. How would you power and plumb them that many of them? What about amenities the residents had in the building, like common area washer/dryers? HHA has generated a list of subsidized housing available. They are offering loans for moving expenses. What else would you have them do, pick out their new home for them? That’s just asking a lawyer to sue for placing them.
I just checked and we have 240 units within 3 miles of this place. We made about several units available specifically for people displaced by floods. We had 5 takers. That’s it. While we put the rest back into our rental pool, that still means there are plenty of traditional leasing options for people like those in this building.
Not to mention all the other properties out there. I realize moving sucks but it’s not like these people have no options. Esp when FEMA is footing the bill for much of the relocation.