(Gotta say - for people to be suffering in cold like this with no tangible repairs and no one at the other end of a hotline designed to help them is pretty damn ridiculous. Not to mention the danger of using a stove to heat a residential unit.)
By Corey W. McDonald email@example.com
The Jersey Journal
JERSEY CITY -- With temperatures expected to stay largely below 20 degrees again today, some residents in the Booker T. Washington Housing complex are preparing for another frigid night.
A number of tenants in the city-run complex, who wish to remain anonymous, told The Jersey Journal heat often goes out in their apartments for hours.
Sometimes they spend the night without heat.
"I have to keep the oven on," said a 78-year-old woman who lives with her daughter and young granddaughter. "Sometimes it's like ice in here. It's pathetic."
One man walking outside bundled in a heavy winter coat said sometimes he is forced to wear his winter clothes indoors.
"I walk around the house like this!" he said.
The complex, between Fremont and Colden streets adjacent to Gateway Field and County Prep High School, is one of a number of housing complexes in the city operated by the Jersey City Housing Authority, an autonomous city agency.
Many of the residents interviewed have been living in the complex for years and have said this is an ongoing problem.More