Re: Booker T. Washington - No Heat Plagues Tenants - RIDICULOUS!
Posted by jerseymom on 2018/1/8 12:46:28
I couldn't post on the NJ.com website so I'm posting about this here:
A few comments in response to those people on NJ.com who regard the residents of this complex as freeloaders who pay little or nothing to live at Booker T Washington, and should supposedly work harder to change their situation and live somewhere better where the heat works -
First of all, many of these so-called freeloaders have children living there who have zero control over their economic status. Should the children living there suffer and freeze too?
Second of all, I'm sure many people who live there would live to live elsewhere with better living conditions. But even if you have a job, moving costs money and coming up with a security deposit and first month's rent at a new apartment is not that easy for some people, while they still have their belongings at their old apartment.
Third, regardless of what these residents pay or don't pay to live in the complex and what you think about that, if the heat goes out in the building long enough, the pipes will eventually freeze and burst. This will cost the city even more money to rectify. Is this what you want as a taxpayer?
The way this situation is being handled is just shortsighted at best, and in my opinion, inhumane and unacceptable. I have no problem with my tax dollars going for this (generally), but if the city can't even maintain an emergency phone line properly, there are some serious issues here that need to be handled, YESTERDAY, or else we will all pay even more, both monetarily and potentially in human lives.
Bravo, Caj. I was astounded by the tenor of the comments in the NJ.com article. The majority were chiding the residents and telling them to "get a job" or "suck it up." There are elderly, young children, single parent families, veterans, disabled, and victims of domestic abuse living at Booker T. To deny them the basic human comfort of heat in the freezing cold is a crime. And when it happens in a city like Jersey City, with all of its touted and marketed benefits of being so hip and in touch and protective of its residents, it really speaks to what the city's priorities are.
I hope this situation is rectified immediately - our taxes are paying for this ineptness - year after year.
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