HUD to relocate residents from a third Hartford apartment complex due to substandard conditions, Rebecca Lurye, Hartford Courant, February 13, 2019, available here
Most days, Betty Wadley has to run the water in her shower for 20 or 30 minutes until it’s warm enough to pull back the curtain and step inside.
That’s when the Hartford native confronts the worst neglect of the two-bedroom apartment where she’s lived the past seven years — the burst bubble of paint and plaster spreading across her bathroom ceiling like an open sore, revealing so many attempts to cover up water damage and mold.
Inspected by U.S. Housing and Urban Development in October, the Barbour Gardens apartment complex scored a 9 out of 100 for its faulty plumbing, rodent infestations, broken doors and windows, and other issues. But as conditions have worsened inside the North End apartment complex, the New York-based owner has continued to collect federal subsidies - about $2.25 million over the last three years to supplement the rent of 84 units, according to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department.