SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Black mold, leaky pipes and raw sewage outside of apartments are just some of the things residents of Woodlawn Terrace Apartments say they are dealing with.
Residents say they are scared to speak out about living conditions and fear retaliation by management.
Shreveport photographer Ikron Alexander was asked by residents to take photos around the apartment and he says what he saw was unsanitary and unsafe.
“In my opinion no one should even be living here,” Alexander said. “I saw a lot of unsanitary conditions and unsafe conditions. I wasn’t going to just had to say something which is why we are here now trying to figure out why it’s so bad.”
Speaking with apartment management, they say many of the problems residents are facing are self-imposed.
“We are doing our best to keep everything clear, but right now the residents are not only flushing feminine products, gloves, diapers, grease down the drains,” Shelly Hunt, the the property supervisor said. “They’ve also gone as far as taking off our manhole cover and throwing car parts down the sewer system.”
Hunt says fixing problems at the complex cost money; money they aren’t receiving from some residents due to the federal eviction moratorium.
“Rent is approximately $500 a month on a majority of apartments and right now my delinquency is at almost half a million dollars,” Hunt said. “Nothing is done for free. The utilities, when I have to have a plumber come out, I mean everything costs. We are doing our best to stay on top of everything. My team, everyone here cares, and we are doing our best.”
“I understand that not all the tenants are perfect and I understand that management is not all perfect, but people shouldn’t be living like this. People shouldn’t have to walk through raw sewage. They are going to have to come together and figure this out,” said Alexander.