Proposed Rental Housing Occupancy Ordinance Draft 7-18-17

 There was a proposed rental housing occupancy inspection ordinance draft I received from Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development, two years ago that suggests there is a need for such a program in Quincy. After walking alongside our most vulnerable citizens for more than two years, seeing the horrific substandard conditions of many rental properties in Quincy, it’s difficult to quantify the human suffering. I agree, we absolutely need a PRI program in Quincy.

June 2018:  Dennis displays a rat he says he caught in his Quincy, apartment. "I was sitting on my bed watching TV when I saw one come out, and then another. When I turned on the lights, I counted at least seven of them." Dennis says he keeps dry foods in his refrigerator to keep the rats out of it, but they found a way to get in there too. Other tenants of the building shared similar stories. "I'm afraid to report this to the health department, because they might condemn the apartment and I'll have no place to go," Dennis said. Using the disability income he began receiving earlier this year, within a few weeks, Dennis manages to find a different place to live.

June 2018: Dennis displays a rat he says he caught in his Quincy, apartment. "I was sitting on my bed watching TV when I saw one come out, and then another. When I turned on the lights, I counted at least seven of them." Dennis says he keeps dry foods in his refrigerator to keep the rats out of it, but they found a way to get in there too. Other tenants of the building shared similar stories. "I'm afraid to report this to the health department, because they might condemn the apartment and I'll have no place to go," Dennis said. Using the disability income he began receiving earlier this year, within a few weeks, Dennis manages to find a different place to live.

“I was looking at apartments a few years ago and went to look at one on Washington St between 5th and 6th in the alley. There was no room for a bathroom, it was a make shift toilet and sink in a corner of one room. There was insulation hanging down from the ceiling in the kitchen and crumbling plaster and laths. They wanted $500 a month for this.”
— Wendy Warren