A look inside a roach-infested Durham Housing Authority apartment
A 24-year-old mother of four children ages 7 and under has been struggling with hundreds of roaches infesting every room of her apartment. She lives in affordable housing from the Durham Housing Authority. She said she's had to replace their clothes and furniture, and that they can't eat or sleep or even attend virtual classes in peace, without roaches swarming them.
TO ACCEPT THE DEAL NEXT WEEK. >>> A DURUM MOTHER IS DISTRAUGHT AND DESPERATE FOR RELIEF BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT RIGHT HERE. THAT'S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE INSIDE HER PUBLIC HOUSING APARTMENT, ROACHES EVERYWHERE, SARAH KRUEGER TOOK THESE CONCERNS TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY. >> Reporter: THEY ARE ROACHES IN EVERY ROOM IN THIS APARTMENT FROM THE KITCHEN TO EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY, A MOTHER LIVES HERE WITH HER FOR YOUNG KIDS AND THEY ARE DESK TO HELP. AS A 24-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MOM, SHE HAS HER HANDS FULL ALREADY, THE CONDITIONS SHE IS LIVING AND AT THE LIBERTY STREET APARTMENTS ARE NOT MAKING THINGS ANY EASIER. >> THEY ARE INSIDE THEIR. >> Reporter: EVERY ROOM IS FILLED WITH ROACHES. >> Reporter: WHAT IS THE HOUSING AUTHORITY DONE? NOTHING. >> Reporter: SHE SAYS HER FAMILY CANNOT EVEN EAT IN THEIR APARTMENT BECAUSE THE ROACHES SWARM. AT NIGHT, THEY PUT THE LIGHT ON AND WAKE UP TO THE BUGS CRAWLING ALL OVER THEIR BODIES. >> I'M NOT EVEN FROM HERE, CAME HERE TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR MY CHILDREN, THESE PROJECTS ARE WORSE THAN THE JERSEY PROJECTS TO BE HONEST. >> Reporter: SHE SAYS THE ROACHES HAVE INFILTRATED THE KITCHEN, THEIR CLOTHING AND THEIR FURNITURE. >> I HAD TO THROW AWAY EVERYTHING, THEY HAD A BUNK BED, HAD TO GET THEM THIS BED RECENTLY BUT THEY HAD A BUNK BED, THE BUNK BED WAS CLUTTERED WITH ROACHES, LIKE THE METAL AND THE WOOD. >> Reporter: SHE SAYS ON TOP OF THE PANDEMIC AND ONLINE LEARNING, IT'S A LOT TO HANDLE. >> WE CAN'T GET ON SCHOOL IN OUR LIVING ROOM LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE CAN, THAT IS SO EMBARRASSING AND HEARTBREAKING. >> Reporter: FOR NOW, SHE SAYS THAT SHE FINDS COMFORT IN SAYING THAT HER KIDS, AGES 7 AND YOUNGER STILL SEEM JOYFUL. BUT THEY ARE SCARED OF THE ROACHES. >> AT LEAST I'M STILL ALIVE, BUT I'M GOING TO GET SICK LIKE THIS. >> Reporter: THEY HOPE FOR A FIX SOON. >> I WANT TO GET RID OF ALL OF THESE ROACHES BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE HAVING THEM. >> HOUSING AUTHORITY CEO, ANTHONY SCOTT, SAYS HE IS LOOKING INTO WHY THE COMPLAINTS WERE NOT ANSWERED BY STAFF, AND HE SAYS, IF OTHERS ARE HAVING ISSUES WITH THE LACK OF RESPONSIVENESS, HE WANTS THEM TO REACH OUT TO HIS OFFICE