Pastor crusades to end substandard housing - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Pastor crusades to end substandard housing

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Bank robbery suspect denied bond

    Bank robbery suspect denied bond

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:39:51 GMT
    A suspected bank robber remains in the Coffee County Jail on a probation violation warrant as the FBI and Douglas Police continue to work on charges.   We know investigators confiscated a shotgun whenMore >>
    A suspected bank robber remains in the Coffee County Jail, after he was officially charged with bank robbery, and denied bond in court.
    More >>
  • APD renews public outreach with 'java'

    APD renews public outreach with 'java'

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:34:56 GMT
    Friday morning, APD officers provided an opportunity to get to know your neighborhood law enforcers as folks got their daily cup of 'Joe,' under the Golden Arches. The Albany Police Department joinedMore >>
    Friday morning, APD officers provided an opportunity to get to know your neighborhood law enforcers as folks got their daily cup of 'Joe,' under the Golden Arches.More >>
  • Ledo Road wreck victim identified

    Ledo Road wreck victim identified

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:23:30 GMT
    A collision on Ledo Road, near hasMore >>
    A collision on Ledo Road has killed 69-year-old Pamela Johnson, near Chili's and Walmart. It happened around 1:00 Thursday afternoon. Officials said three vehicles were involved in the crash.More >>

February 17, 2003

Sylvester-- At least 50 homes have no heat or interior plumbing. "We're just sick of these deplorable living conditions in Sylvester," says Pastor Judy Hall.

When Sylvester passed an ordinance to clean up the community last year, some people thought that would mean big changes on the South side of town. Dozens of people are living in homes even their landlord admits are substandard. But so far nothing's been done.

Sylvester Pastor Judy Hall is drumming up support to put an end to substandard housing. "We are going to the city council meeting tonight to help you all get out of these conditions," Judy Hall said.

More than 50 Homes in the South Isabella Street area don't have kitchen sinks, bathtubs, or indoor toilets. "If you come out the door at night, got to step into water to get into an outhouse," Hall said.

Hall was looking for a place for the Jesus Christ Tabernacle of Deliverance to do missionary work, but didn't have to go a third world country, just to the bottom of the hill. "To get hot water, they got to put tub on stove and heat it up on the stove," Webbie Hill said.

"It's unsanitary it's unsafe, human beings shouldn't have to live like this," Hall said. We talked to the landlord and he agreed, that with conditions like this the homes are substandard, he says the city needs more affordable housing.

"It's just across the tracks, but to these people it's like a million miles away, they don't care about these houses," Hill said.

But Hall says she plans to stand up for those scared to speak out, and will be asking Sylvester to start enforcing it's own ordinances. "That's my mission to look out for neighbor whether they want it or not," Hall said. Judy Hall will address Council members tonight.

So what is the law in Sylvester? The property maintenance ordinance states that unsafe, and unsanitary structures are prohibited. To be sanitary it must have a lavatory, water closet, kitchen sink and tub.

Plumbing fixtures must be inside the home, and hot and cold water have to be available.

Either a public official or at least five city residents can ask for an investigation and court hearing.

If the home is found unfit it should either be repaired, or demolished.

posted at 5:35PM by dave.miller@walb.com

Powered by WorldNow