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Crestmont Village apartments present dangerous living conditions

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

As we arrived yet another Houston City fire marshal was leaving the complex.

It leaves you wondering just how an apartment complex with all of these violations from the city of Houston stays in business year after year. It's a colorful patchwork of citations.

For some of the people who live in Crestmont they're now a full week without power. That means spoiled food and no air conditioning. Dreka Smith lives in the southeast complex. She says she now has lights but with temperatures in the 90's - the air conditioning is not working.

Smith says, "the air condition in some of the apartments is not on...I feel like if the rent is paid and the lights come with it I feel like we should have electricity at all times I don't understand that."

Wednesday we showed you how neighbors were sharing power using extension cords...An electrician was able to get some of the power on but not all...Those residents who have power and air conditioning were also told not to use them at the same time or there would be another outage.

Dr. Murphy D. Simon is the pastor at Bethel Institutional Baptist Church. It's right next door to Crestmont. He says it's time city leaders address the conditions residents have been living in and demolish the structure.

Take a look at this - dozens and dozens of dilapidated and condemned units at Crestmont. These two sections of the complex were damaged by hurricane Ike. Nearly five years later it hasn't been repaired and Dr. Simon says it has become a haven for crime.

Simon says, "with the apartments the way they are they pose a real threat with some type of atrocity happening and so what we are interested in doing is making sure those who are responsible for this property take care of their responsibility."

That's exactly what Dreka Smith as a resident is hoping for...She's called Crestmont home for a full year - a year she calls a nightmare.

Smith says, "look at this, do you want your kids to grow up some place like this?"

We attempted to get a comment from management at the complex about the power issues and the condemned units...all we got was a 911 call to HPD by office workers.

Police Officer: "We said we were gonna come out here and tell yall hey just don't be on their property. This is city property so you're fine right here."

COUNCIL MEMBER WANDA ADAMS AND HER STAFF HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR QUITE SOME TIME TO FIND OTHER PLACES TO LIVE FOR SOME OF THE RESIDENTS...IN THE MEANTIME, ADAMS SAYS SHE'S HOPING TO GET CRESTMONT ON A LIST FOR CONDEMNATION - THAT'S ONCE ALL OF THE RESIDENTS FIND A NEW HOME.

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