Memphis residents living in 'dangerous' conditions

Published: Sep. 6, 2016 at 2:06 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2016 at 4:52 PM CDT
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(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tenants at Fox Hollow apartments are asking the mayor and city for help in getting the complex shut down, even if it leaves them homeless.

The scene of discarded mattresses, rotting food, and even a toilet in the middle of the walkway are the conditions residents at the apartment complex said they are forced to live in and they want something done.

Residents and community leaders said something has to be done soon.

"What you are about to see in the complex is really hopelessness," Patricia Rogers, community leader, said.

The scene looks surreal. Doors and windows smashed in and dirty diapers covering the parking lot. Roofs are caved in and that's just part of what you will see driving through Fox Hollow Apartments.

"Somebody's gotta be responsible for it," Rogers said.

According to posted signs, the Department of Code Enforcement declared the buildings dangerous on August 30. Residents who didn't want to be identified said they need help.

"It's kinda falling apart as my three years over here," one resident said. "Pitiful. Just messed up that they ain't really doing nothing about it."

Residents are afraid someone will get hurt if something is not done.

"Who knows what. You know what I'm saying, on that or in that," another resident said.

They also said the conditions just encourage crime.

According to police, in 2011 a 19-year-old was shot and killed from a shooting in the area and others were injured.

In 2013, investigators said an arsonist set a bedroom on fire.

"We have to do something. This is like an emergency situation," Rogers said.

We reached out to the owners of the property according to property records, but the number has been disconnected.

Mayor Jim Strickland responded to Rogers' request for intervention. Here is what Rogers wrote to us:

I just received an "email reply" from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland about the living conditions of residents in Fox Hollow Apartments, and he is very concerned about the residents living conditions and will consult with Code Enforcement. He also asked me to connect him with Fox Hollow's residents so he can help them find jobs through the WIN Office. Please let your viewers know the mayor did respond to my email I sent him with photos I captured inside Fox Hollow.

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