PUBLISHED: 07:01 12 November 2018 | UPDATED: 07:01 12 November 2018 Benjamin Court. Photo: Colin Finch Archant A group of vulnerable people were left without hot water and heating for six days after a boiler broke in their care unit. Benjamin Court in Cromer. Picture: Ally McGilvrayResidents living on the Benjamin Court site in Cromer had been unable to wash with warm water, or put heating on, since Sunday November 4.Operated by Broadland Housing Association (BHA), and separate to the NHS hospital, the homes are occupied by residents with a range of care needs.Steve Stone’s 90-year-old mother, who is currently ill with a severe chest infection, had been confined to her bed to keep warm and, despite being provided with a fan heater, her flat remained cold.Mr Stone, of Mundesley, said: “This has implications for the hygiene of both those residents and the staff. It really is intolerable that this has gone on for this long and you would think that there would be some means … [Read more...] about Vulnerable elderly residents left without heating and hot water for six days
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Oralandar Brand-Williams The Detroit News Published 5:05 PM EDT Sep 24, 2018 A Detroit judge ordered a city landlord arrested Monday for failing to show up to court to answer questions about tenant complaints about her property. Judge Christopher Blount of 36th District Court issued a habeas corpus writ for Donyele Davis for three cases involving a tenant-landlord complaint. Davis was scheduled to be arraigned on several complaints about fixing emergency violations on a property she allegedly co-owns on the city's west side. "Why is your client not here today?" Blount asked Davis' attorney, Maroun Hakim. The defense attorney told the judge he told his client he would be in court on her behalf. In one of the complaints about Davis' property in the 800 block of West Euclid, she is accused of not making emergency repairs. Tenant Laura Casati said there's no electricity on the second floor of the historic townhouse she is renting from Davis. Faulty electrical … [Read more...] about Judge orders landlord arrested for missing court date on tenant issues
Jennifer Dixon Detroit Free Press Published 11:11 p.m. UTC Jul 19, 2018 At one end of Alpine Street, near Joy Road on Detroit's west side, Georgeia Elder and a friend live in a leaky trailer, their yard cluttered with a boat and a Cadillac Escalade with four ladders on the roof, a shopping cart and a lawn mower, a folding chair and a metal headboard. A pit bull, Lady, laps up spaghetti and gravy from a takeout container. At the other end of this short stretch of Alpine, near Tireman Avenue, a woman known as Spankie lives in a house with a dog she calls "my baby." A heart-shaped sign hangs from the front door that says "Bless Our Home." A handwritten sign instructs the postal carrier to put her mail in a box tucked into a milk crate next to the porch stairs. A scent of straw and animals hangs in the air. These occupants don't own the properties where they live. They're not paying rent … [Read more...] about Dead bodies, wild dogs, squatters in government-owned Detroit houses
opinion Kate Abbey-Lambertz Published 10:46 p.m. UTC Jul 12, 2018 Dear Mr. Elon Musk: We get it — if you’re attempting to send mini-submarines into underwater caves and launch yourself into space, fixing America’s crumbling urban infrastructure probably sounds like the kind of project you could tackle on a lazy Sunday afternoon. With your full portfolio of projects and ... prolific Twitter use, it might be entirely normal for you to start a project as complex as restoring clean water to Flint, seemingly just at the request of a few followers. Well, not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but we’ve got a friendly suggestion! Instead of personally solving Flint’s water crisis — by telling people that the water is fine now (not quite), asking residents to tweet or email their tap water test results (probably not the most effective system) and planning one weekend to install filters and fully eradicate resident worries (free filters have … [Read more...] about Opinion: Elon Musk says he can fix Flint’s water. Here’s what he should do instead.
Less than a week ago, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was in a Thailand cave with a mini-submarine his team made that didn’t quite work out for the daring rescue of 12 boys and a soccer coach trapped inside. Now, he says he wants to help resolve Flint, Michigan’s water contamination crisis. Expectedly, this latest move drew scorn from critics—what, exactly, does Musk know about water quality issues, or what Flint has faced? But luckily for him, a book about Flint’s years-long crisis has just been released, and it should be used as a blueprint to get him up to speed on where the city stands today. Admittedly, I groaned aloud as soon as Musk decided he should respond to followers on Twitter asking him to find a way to help the situation in Flint. I covered the water crisis for a year for The Guardian—I know “fixes” don’t come as easily as promises. And for one thing, he opened by saying he’s committed to fixing the water in any house … [Read more...] about Where Flint Is At Today And What Elon Musk Can Really Do To Help