Some Section 8 homes aren’t passing inspection

Rochester, N.Y. (WROC) – Residents who benefit from Section 8 housing are finding it difficult to stay in their homes.

Some residents are being forced out of their residencies as a result of their landlords’ non-compliance to standard inspections. 

“We are trying to get help,” said Charlene Riley. “We need help. Nobody has really tried to help us get into another place. Another complex or anything.”

Charlene Riley lives at Snug Harbor Court.

The Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) will no longer pay her Section 8 voucher because of numerous violations at the complex.

Riley, along with 24 other residents, were supposed to move out at midnight. Ada Sheriod is scrambling to find a place to call home.

“My blood pressure is up,” said Sheriod. “My head hurts and we got people here who are sick.”

“We are on disability,” Riley said. “I am on disability. I am on low income.”

“I have no truck,” Rosalind Christian said. “I have no apartment. I’m going around, running around putting in applications today and they are telling me September 1.”

The housing authority says the residents are living in unsafe and unhealthy conditions.

The owners of Snug Harbor, Frank and Carolyn Frazier, haven’t commented on the situation.

One inspection report cites feces in the basement. Residents say that’s not uncommon.

“We have mold,” Sheriod stated. “We have roof holes. Water running down in your basement. Water running down your rooms.”

“The laundry room has been closed over a year,” said Christian. “The air conditions do not work and we have black mold creeping up our walls.”

The 25 residents with Section 8 vouchers have two options.

They will be forced to move, or they can stay and pay the full rent, which Rosalind Christian says is not possible.

“How can you pay this man $820 for this?” asked Christian. “There’s no way. You can’t do it. You can’t do it.”

The Rochester Housing Authority sent out a letter to residents June 9, 2015 telling them about the situation.

The townhouses did not pass a final inspection Tuesday. RHA says it will help residents transition to new homes.

Snug Harbor residents pay around $594 for rent with the help of Section 8. If they decide to stay, they will have to pay more than $800 – an amount that most can’t afford.

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