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Damika Morris is a woman who now has a promising future with her children.

Morris says, "me and my kids are very happy that we will be living in a three bedroom home come next week. How excited are you about that? I'm very excited it's brand new."

You'll understand Damika's excitement when you realize she lived at Crestmont Village.

It's the apartment complex where residents complained about a lack of power and crime around the clock.

"The no running of the air I dealt with that for a good month they fix it and it's still not fixed but on the other side of that the lord has blessed me with good people on my side," says Morris.

Those people are from Council Member Wanda Adams' office. Morris is among 8 families at Crestmont the council member has found a new home somewhere else. This comes as the city gets closer to filing a lawsuit against the owner of the complex.

Adams says, "we're heading in the right direction but the conclusion will be when we won't see this any more."

According to Adams the city has issued more than $380,000 in fines and citations against the owner...that's in addition to the $100,000 in fines already owed. We're also told by Adams the complex owes $900,000 to the city of Houston for a water bill that's way behind. The council member says she's also identified the owner of the complex, Denise Vaknin, who she says lives in a $2.5 million home in New Jersey.

"We don't want to knock anyone for the opportunity to build wealth or to have economics into their future we don't know that. But if you're living in a certain way in a $2.5 million house and you have properties all over the country why are you neglecting the ones in Houston," says Adams.

In addition to living conditions, residents at Crestmont are also complaining about retaliation by local management. They say onsite managers have turned off their power and water when they talk to city investigators or Adams' staff about the conditions at the complex.

However, that concerns will soon be a distant memory for Morris. She's scheduled to say good riddance to Crestmont next week. By the way, did we mention Council Member Adams also found her find a job.

Morris says, "so I'm very excited about that I get to go back to work in a couple of weeks so I'm blessed, I'm blessed."

We attempted to reach the owner of Crestmont Village for a comment but so far we have not heard back.

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