Blind, disabled Bridgeport senior faces uncertain housing future

Torres' grandson, Rafael Vazquez, says while Torres has been accepted for a first-floor handicapped-accessible apartment through Park City Communities, there are no units available.

News 12 Staff

Feb 25, 2023, 5:41 PM

Updated 455 days ago

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The Bridgeport community is coming together to rally behind a blind, disabled senior with cancer who could soon be homeless.
Hipolita Torres, 83, has lived in a second-floor apartment on the city's East Side for decades.
Torres is blind and disabled and there is no way for her to get in and out of her home by herself. Torres' grandson, Rafael Vazquez, says while Torres has been accepted for a first-floor handicapped-accessible apartment through Park City Communities, there are no units available.
Vazquez tells News 12 that his grandmother's landlord is planning to raise her rent, which would price her out of her home.
"Bridgeport has gone up with the rent and terrible prices," Vazquez says. "I really think we need rent control and not for us, but mainly for the elderly people."
Torres' daughter Maria Melendez says she is currently doing what she can to ensure her mom has a place to live and be warm.
"I care for my mother from the bottom of my heart,” she said. "I'd give my life to my mom if I had to. I'm here trying to fight so she can have a place to stay."
Park City Communities recently responded to News 12 and said they will be in touch with the family this week as they search for a solution.


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