Newark seniors decry conditions in city-run housing complex

Residents of a senior housing complex in Newark are readying a demonstration to protest what they say are horrible living conditions.

Some of the items on the list of complaints from residents at the Stephen Crane Elderly Building include rats, cockroaches and garbage located throughout the complex. Residents also say a lack of security in the building allows drug dealers and thieves to frequently enter the facility.

Newark Councilman Hector Corchado has hit out against the Newark Housing Authority, which runs Stephen Crane. Corchado is calling for changes within the Authority and says the seniors should be experiencing a calm and peaceful time in their life. He also says once the authority got wind of the demonstration, they sent cleanup crews to spruce up the area.

A spokesperson for the Newark Housing Authority says the residents claims are false.

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