Residents of the Judge Slater Senior Housing complex at 42nd and
Cottage Grove have filed allegations of mismanagement against the
building’s property manager, Woodlawn Community Development Corp. The company manages the building for the Chicago Housing Authority.
by the Rev. Leon Finney, Woodlawn Community Development Corp. has
allegedly allowed bedbugs, rats and roaches to infest the building and
employees to intimidate and disrespect the residents, according to a
letter dated January 24.
“We feel as if we are prisoners,” said
Frances Banks in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times. “I feel like I
am serving time and haven’t done a crime. My only crime is being 71
years old and exercising my rights as a senior.”
approached the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization to advocate for
changes in the senior complex. The organization held a press conference
at 10:30 a.m. today outside the Chicago Housing Authority’s offices in
Chicago to bring attention to the situation.
“No one, especially
our most vulnerable seniors should live in conditions like those that
have been described. No on-site property manager should ever disrespect
our residents,” Rev. Finney said in a statement to the newspaper. “I take these
allegations seriously and am willing to meet personally face-to-face to
better understand the facts and work to resolve any issues.”