Letter: More bad Manor
The article that appeared in the PI recently has begun to shed light on some of the issues of the Manors I and II remodels. However the plight of the people who live in the Manors and the reasons the issues are ongoing remain largely to be told.
Through my work, I deliver to the Manor residents several times per week and, over the past several months, have had many occasions to observe the horrible living conditions of people living in the middle of construction. Unit wall demolition was started while residents were still living in their apartments.
Keep in mind that these units are 500-666 square feet, so many residents had to stack their personal items in the halls. After the initial demolition, residents were relocated from their homes for a month but had to move back into the construction prior to completion of the remodel.
Even now, wood floors are being installed with resident’s personal items in stacks against walls. Residents — most of whom are elderly and/or disabled — are spending their days sitting in the lobby while the work continues to drag on.
By any remodel standard, these individuals have been more than patient. I was recently able to speak to the Monroe Group’s community outreach coordinator, Lynn Haner, 303-322-8885. She assured me that weekly meetings are being held with the residents to keep them in the loop of what is going on.
While that is good to hear, I wonder how long these meetings with bad news about their living conditions will continue. These buildings are Colorado Section 8 housing approved by the Garfield County Housing Authority. Where is (was) the project accountability, oversight and penalties?
It seems that someone is taking advantage of those with the fewest resources to stand up for themselves.
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