Some tenants at Detroit senior center complain they have no A/C - New York News

Some tenants at Detroit senior center complain they have no A/C

Posted: Updated:
Resident Rosie Mubirau said fans weren't doing much good.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Resident Rosie Mubirau said fans weren't doing much good. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

The hum of the air conditioner is missing at a Detroit senior complex.

"It's hot.  That's how I feel.  It's hot," said Helen Adams.

She and so many other residents who live in the east side elderly apartments on Mack Avenue are forced to sit outside to beat the heat.

"Eight, nine, ten o'clock, I had to sit out here until eleven o'clock at night," Adams said.

"We've got fans and that's not doing any good," said Rosie Mubirau.  "We haven't had any air since June of last year."

Lately it's become unbearable.  In a third floor apartment, it was a sweltering 91 degrees at eight o'clock at night.  Some of these seniors with walkers, others on oxygen, and they don't know how much more they can take.

"A lot of [people] here have breathing problems and they need the air.  That's all.  We just want air," Mubirau said.

"On the third, that's when I get my check and that's when they get their rent.  I [have] never been late, and I think something should be done about it."

Management was gone for the day, but the building captain stepped in to tell us they're working on it.  There are about 15 more units to go.

"I just take care of the tenants when they need help," said Betty Williams.  "They tell me they're working on it."

One problem, according to the residents, is that thieves keep coming in and swiping the copper lines connected to the air conditioning units.  Workers are eventually called in to fix it, but not quick enough.

"I think if we complain enough about it, they might fix it, but right now they [aren't] doing a damn thing.  Excuse my French, but that's just the way it is," said Adams.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Skydiver dies after crashing into NJ backyard

    Skydiver dies after crashing into NJ backyard

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:23:02 GMT
    A 49-year-old sky diver from Brooklyn died after crashing into the backyard of a home in New Jersey. According to officials, Arkady Shenker wore a specialized parachute during the jump. Shenker was known to be an experienced skydiver who had more than 300 jumps under his belt.
    A 49-year-old sky diver from Brooklyn died after crashing into the backyard of a home in New Jersey. According to officials, Arkady Shenker wore a specialized parachute during the jump. Shenker was known to be an experienced skydiver who had more than 300 jumps under his belt.
  • Easter Bunny train sparks New Jersey brush fires

    Easter Bunny train sparks New Jersey brush fires

    Fire officials say several small brush fires were ignited by a train carrying the Easter Bunny in northwestern New Jersey.
    A train carrying the Easter Bunny in northwestern New Jersey has ignited several small brush fires.
  • Cops: 73-year-old man shoots neighbor in dispute

    Cops: 73-year-old man shoots neighbor in dispute

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:37:28 GMT
    A 73-year-old Connecticut man will be appearing before a state judge after being charged with shooting his neighbor three times during an argument on Easter morning.
    A 73-year-old Connecticut man will be appearing before a state judge after being charged with shooting his neighbor three times during an argument on Easter morning.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • LIVE VIDEO: Hearing to decide if 3 of 4 face trial in mob attack on Steve Utash

    LIVE VIDEO: Hearing to decide if 3 of 4 face trial in mob attack on Steve Utash

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:58:28 GMT
    Three males ages 19 to 30 are in court for a hearing on whether they should stand trial for the severe beating of a suburban man who accidentally struck a 10-year-old with his pickup truck on Detroit's east side. WATCH LIVE COVERAGE.
    Three males ages 19 to 30 are in court for a hearing on whether they should stand trial for the severe beating of a suburban man who accidentally struck a 10-year-old with his pickup truck on Detroit's east side. WATCH LIVE COVERAGE.
  • 1 of 4 waives key hearing in Detroit mob attack on Steve Utash

    1 of 4 waives key hearing in Detroit mob attack on Steve Utash

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:52 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:52:13 GMT
    A 17-year-old charged with attempted murder in the beating of a Detroit-area motorist has waived his right to a probable cause hearing and will move his case directly to trial court.
    A 17-year-old charged with attempted murder in the beating of a Detroit-area motorist has waived his right to a probable cause hearing and will move his case directly to trial court.
  • Clutch Cargo's returns to religious roots

    Clutch Cargo's returns to religious roots

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:54 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:54:45 GMT
    Clutch Cargo's, a southeastern Michigan church building that spent several years as a nightclub, reopened as a house of worship on Easter Sunday.
    Clutch Cargo's, a southeastern Michigan church building that spent several years as a nightclub, reopened as a house of worship on Easter Sunday.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices