Infestation: Neighbors say rodents have fallen from ceiling at Bridgeport Commons apartments
Neighbors at a Bridgeport apartment complex say they are living with a major rodent infestation, and are receiving little help alleviating the issue.
Rosetta Melton and her neighbors at Bridgeport Commons on Central Avenue tell News 12 that the infestation is so severe, they’ve experienced rodents falling through ceiling panels right on to them.
Melton, a full-time social worker and counselor for the state of New York, says the psychological impact of living with rodents cannot be overstated.
"We are in our bed at night, and we hear scratching over our bed because there are raccoons, mice and squirrels running through the walls,” she said.
They say they’ve filed multiple complaints with city health officials, but the people in charge of the complex have not been able to manage the problem.
The complex also has an issue with poor insulation. During the cold months, residents have extremely high electric bills. Some have shown utility statements amounting to over $800 for a single month, which is higher than their rent in some cases.
They have contacted members of the Connecticut delegation to Congress, who say they're going to report the situation to federal housing officials and seek a rental abatement on the grounds that the owners of the property, who accept Section 8 rental vouchers, are violating their contract with the federal government.