Those who live in Crestmont village say it's not a place they choose to live but a last resort. Some of the residents have felonies in their past and this is one of the few places that will rent to them.
The complex that's two thirds empty and partially condemned is now faced with another problem. we're told dozens of units with families have been without power for 6 days...that's with a high of 94 degrees in Houston. That's why you see extension cords snaking acrossing the courtyard. Neighbors sharing power even though the fire department said they could not.
Jackson says, "it's sad it just sad...I can't do it any more. "
Demetria Jackson says management has taken its time attempting to fix a blown transformer. She also says managers at the complex have even ask residents to help dig a two foot deep trench stretching more than 50 yards to bury high voltage cable. The city confirms a man who wasn't an electrician attempted to work on the power and found himself shocked Tuesday night.
Jackson says, "he got hit and he flew on the ground and so EMS came out last night. "
While Jackson has refused to pick up a shovel to dig the trench Nathan Barber has not. There have been some who despite their paying their fair share of rent are still rolling up their sleeves. Barber says it's for the good of the complex.
Barber says, "hey I had no problem digging...I'm helping the community out."
Residents say the lack of power at Crestmont has caused them to lose their food and put their health in jeopardy.
This electrician says he was hired by management at the complex to help restore the power to all the units. But he says the hold up has been the trench to bury the power cable. He says it's not deep enough and he was told by management some residents were paid to help dig up the trail.
Alvin Wright with the city of Houston says management promises to have the power on by the end of the day.