Moved To Tears


OF THEM TO SAFETY. THIS IS ONE OF THE SURVIVORS FINALLY GETTING OUT. THEY WERE TRAPPED FOR 35 HOURS. NEW AT 5:00, MOVED TO TEARS BECAUSE THESE WOMEN AND DOZENS OF FAMILIES ARE NOW HOMELESS. THEIR APARTMENTS ARE UNSAFE. WE’VE BEEN REPORTING ON THEIR STORY FOR MORE THAN A WEEK, AND TODAY AS JIM WILLIAMS REPORTS, THEY WERE FORCED OUT OF TEMPORARY HOUSING. Reporter: THE TENANTS HAD TO LEAVE THIS HOTEL. IT WAS ONLY A TEMPORARY HOME. THE LANDLORD GAVE EACH $1,000, BUT THE TENANTS WONDER WHERE THEY WILL LIVE NEXT. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHERE YOU MIGHT LIVE? NO. THE CAR? Reporter: CLINT’S CAR MIGHT BE HIS ONLY SHELTER FOR NOW. IT HAS BEEN AN ORDEAL FOR HE AND HIS WIFE AND DOZENS OF OTHERS HERE. LIVING ARRANGEMENTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Reporter: IT BEGAN IN THIS APARTMENT BUILDING, AN OLD YMCA TURNED RENTAL PROPERTY IN AURORA. IT HAD BUILDING CODE VIOLATIONS AND A FLOOD WHICH DAMAGED ELECTRICAL GEAR, CAUSING A FIRE. THE CITY SAID IT WAS UNSAFE. KATIA, WHO HAS A MINIMUM WAGE JOB, LIVED THERE WITH HER TWO LITTLE GIRLS. THEY NEVER TOLD US THAT IT WAS UNREALISTIC FOR US TO GO BACK HOME. THEY MADE IT SEEM LIKE EVERYTHING WAS GOING TO BE OKAY. THAT EVERYTHING COULD BE WORKED OUT. Reporter: INSTEAD THE LANDLORD MOVED THE TENANTS TO THIS HOTEL. IT WAS ONLY TEMPORARY. TWO WEEKS. TODAY THEY HAD TO LEAVE. I’M GOING TO HAVE TO GO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE, FRIENDS, HOWEVER I’M GOING TO FIGURE IT OUT, WHEN I WAS DOING FINE IN MY APARTMENT AND PROVIDING STABILITY. A THOUSAND DOLLARS, FREEDOM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. Reporter: INSIDE THE LOBBY, THE LANDLORD HANDED OUT $1,000 CHECKS TO THE TENANTS. IT OFFERED LITTLE COMFORT. $1,000 DOESN’T DO ME NO GOOD. IT DOESN’T PUT ME IN AN APARTMENT. IT’S NOT ENOUGH. Reporter: THE LANDLORD WOULD ONLY TALK TO US OFF CAMERA, INSISTING HE DID EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO SALVAGE THE APARTMENT BUILDING. BUT CHRISTINA COLLINS, A UNION STEWARD, OFFERING HER SUPPORT TO THE TENANTS SAYS THE LANDLORD SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THE RESIDENT AS WARNING WELL IN ADVANCE THAT THE BUILDING WAS IN TROUBLE. THESE PEOPLE ARE TREATED LIKE THEY’RE NOT HUMAN. AND THIS IS NOT THE WAY IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE. THE UNION STEWARD SAYS SHE WILL ASK THE ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE. IN AURORA, JIM WILLIAMS, CBS 2 NEWS. AND WE REACHED OUT TO THE

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