NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A ceiling collapses on a mother and her two children at their home in New Haven. Now, questions are being raised about the safety of houses nearby.
Following the accident, more potentially dangerous and long-ignored problems are coming to light.
The mother says her two children got checked out at the hospital, one of them is still sore.
But now other residents are coming forward about plumbing problems they say have been plaguing them for years.
"It's leaking, it's real soft right here," said Markisha Simuel, Westville Manor, New Haven.
This soft ceiling weighs heavily on Markisha Simuel.
"First it started out as a bubble, now you can just literally see the ceiling now," said Simuel.
She says every time a shower runs upstairs, water drips, right next to an exposed light.
Upstairs in the bathroom, there's a cracked floor.
"It's real soft right there 'cause it's wet under," said Simuel.
She says a workman sealed the bathtub Wednesday, but can still feel the damage underneath.
"This was separated from the wall," said Simuel.
She says she's told the Westville Manor property manager and the Elm City Housing Authority at least ten times over three years.
"When we have our inspection, they come out they look at it, they say they gonna have this get done. Nothing gets done in here," said Simuel. "I feel like they do it to us because it's low income, but I feel like no one should have to live like this."
Six-year-old Jamaysa and two other children live there with another sibling on the way. Her neighbor's ceiling collapsed two weeks ago.
"When we came out and saw the conditions we were extremely concerned. It looked quite serious to us," said Amy Marx, New Haven Legal Assistance.
New Haven legal assistance attorney Amy Marx represents low-income clients. She says plumbing problems plague 6 different tennants. They've seen leaking, mold, and spongy floors.
"Somebody was hurt by a ceiling which fell. I would have thought there would have been an immediate inspection of all of these apartments," said Marx.
Simuel is on a waiting list to leave. But feels stuck and tense never knowing if this ceiling will cave in.
"I just don't feel safe in here," said Simuel.
The Housing authority declined an on camera interview but their spokesperson released the following statement:
“The safety of our residents is our primary concern at Elm City Communities. Following the incident at 18 Lodge Street, we took immediate measures to conduct inspections of 100% of all the units and begin making the necessary repairs. The inspections are scheduled for completion by Friday. Work is already underway in several units. Westville Manor is targeted for future redevelopment to address infrastructure concerns at this site.”
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