“Living in crisis” – Atlanta apartment group demands change.

ATLANTA — Sunday, April 6th, 2014 — Giant holes in walls, burst pipes gushing water, black mold, rust-congested pipes – a group of residents is fed up and is taking action.  The demand for change is simple: fix the units.

UPDATE — Sunday, April 13th, 2014 — A petition is now available: 
http://start2.occupyourhomes.org/petitions/livingintown-property-services-we-demand-habitable-living-conditions

rusty razor blade

rusty razor blade

Two residents offered a tour of their places, and the findings were astonishing: rusty razor blades had spilled out of the crumbling walls when pipes had burst, some walls had giant holes, and a heavy stench that forced us all outside for relief.

The damage from the flooding is so extensive that one resident – Shaun Ridgway – has lost everything she owns, including her Bachelor’s thesis.  All of her art and photography – lifetime experiences that cannot be recreated – have been destroyed in the flooding.  If you want to support her, visit her GoFundMe page at: [http://www.gofundme.com/834x8s].

The first disaster support and action campaign meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm.  Copies of a disaster recovery and action campaign guide will be distributed at the event.  Bottled and jugged water is desperately needed as the water has been shut off and turned back on periodically without notice to residents.

WSB-TV’s Ashley Swann covered this event:
http://m.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/residents-say-inman-park-apartments-deplorable-con/nfS4T/

A Facebook support group for apartment residents across Atlanta has been started:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/712223305502483/

A Facebook page dedicated to this disaster has also been created:
https://www.facebook.com/InmanFlatsSupportGroup

Monday at 5pm – the first disaster action support meeting event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/267717030067405/

CNN’s iReport coverage is located here:
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1117519

emergency water

emergency water

On Monday (4/7/2014), a lawyer is expected to get involved; a rent strike is in progress and the landlord has threatened to start eviction proceedings on Thursday (4/10/2014).

On Thursday (4/10/2014), the group will be headed to Occupy Our Homes Atlanta to meet with Tim Franzen with the goal of launching an OOHA public campaign for change.

Photos are presented in this page’s photo gallery as posted below.

– Amy Barnes
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About Amy Barnes

Author has extensive experience in Retail, including two years as a supervisor. Educated in Psychology, Financial Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Programming. Work experience in Law Enforcement, Security (IT), Programming (REALBasic, SQL, VB, JAVA), Retail.
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