Elderly and Disabled Tenants Protest Deteriorating Living Conditions at Wyman House Since Private Management Takeover

Residents of Wyman House, a housing community for older adults and people with disabilities, protest the building’s deteriorating conditions. Screenshot via @sophie_kasakove on Twitter.

What’s happening?

Residents of Wyman House—a housing community for older adults and people with disabilities—protested outside of the building on Friday, calling on management to improve living conditions, Tommie Clark reports for WBAL 11 News. 

What led tenants to protest?

In 2017, Pennrose Management, a private company, took over the building from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Since then, residents have reported worsening maintenance issues and health concerns, including water leaks, pests, elevator breakdowns, and mold.

“Our apartments in here literally have mold from the top to the bottom. This thing has to be addressed in a major fashion,” said tenant William Stewart. “I’m in a wheelchair. I don’t have the luxury to take the stairs to go up if the elevator’s not working.”

Another resident, Tonya McDay, said the conditions have gotten so bad that residents are getting sick. “You can smell things coming through the vent. You turn on the air and things are flying,” McDay said. 

Anything else I should know? 

Wyman House joins several other buildings in Baltimore City that have been transferred to private management following a 2015 initiative to preserve affordable housing through private investment in  renovations called the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD), according to a tweet by Baltimore Banner reporter, Sophie Kasakove.  

You can read more here. 

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