Evicted families could lose temporary homes
FALL RIVER, Mass. —
A group of about 15 families from Fall River say they're simply running out of time.
Less than one week after losing their apartments, they're now at risk of being tossed out of their temporary shelter too.
The displaced families are now staying in temporary housing. The families said without their personal property, and all the comforts of home, there's little else they can do, especially to entertain their small children.
The displaced apartment dwellers said they're "beyond angry" after learning that the alleged reason their County Street, Fall River apartment buildings were shut down was due to years of unpaid property taxes, and health code and maintenance violations with each of the two buildings.
The families said to make matters worse; they were evicted with next to no warning.
When asked what indication she had that she was about to be told to leave, Diane Silvia said, "None. Nobody told us nothing. We only found out when we got home, and had half of Fall River (city workers) were inside our driveways and told us that we had less than ten minutes to get whatever we could get for personal clothes, personal items etc."
"The problem is, when we got thrown out of the apartment, when our building got condemned, we only got given about fifteen minutes to get our stuff and get out. So for me it was difficult obviously for myself, my husband, and my crazy little daughter here," displaced resident Jessica Bolieriro told NBC 10.
The City of Fall River has provided a few days of temporary housing for each family at the Swansea Motor Inn, but the concerned parties are still unclear as to how long the funds will allow them to stay there, and what they'll do next.
New father Victor Santiago said, "We have families here that need food. We don't even have any food, no kitchen, and no food stamps left. Because we already bought food, but they cut off the power at the condemned homes with everyone's food inside of it so everything went rotten."
Between the extreme heat, the lack of cooking facilities, and the threat of being homeless any day now, tempers were certainly running very high at the Swansea Motor Inn.
"I'm angry with the landlord. He did not do his responsibilities, but now we all suffer. Maybe it wasn't the best neighborhood, maybe it wasn't the best apartment, but it was a place to live," said Silvia.
"I'm beyond mad at this point. You know the fact that they didn't give us any warning; they didn't have a plan to feed us and make sure we got transportation. It's awful," said Bolieiro.
"I don't believe that they (the apartments) should have been shut down, cuz there was families living there, I mean you (the city) shoulda took some sort of action, but shutting it down, I mean, you're displacing everyone here. We have kids. They go to school in Fall River. They can't even get picked up here in Swansea," said Santiago.
Fall River Mayor William Flanagan is expected to discuss the matter with NBC 10 on Wednesday morning.
The mayor's assistant told NBC 10 she believes the families will be provided with a place to live through Thursday, but displaced residents say they had no knowledge of that, and instead thought they would have to leave by Wednesday.
NBC 10 was unable to locate or contact the owner of the condemned County Street building.