Public housing residents concerned about Housing Authority layoffs
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Layoffs could be on the way for several South Bend Housing Authority employees, including the maintenance staff. And residents in public housing are concerned these layoffs will create even more issues.
Because of budget cuts and new management rules, South Bend Housing Authority will be cutting its maintenance department from 18 workers to only 13.
And now maintenance workers will be forced to have more responsibility and work for less pay.
For some public housing residents, the maintenance issues go beyond just leaky faucets and broken drawers, they've now become a safety concern.
"My kids have to stand in the middle of the street, in the street where the cars turn in at, because of all the snow. They won't shovel the front of the apartment complex," says Natasha Dotson.