It likely will be more than three months before residents of the Hacienda complex could begin being removed as the City Council looks to the federal government for nearly $700,000 in relocation money.
The day after the first story about public housing in Richmond, Calif., ran, residents crowded into City Council meetings to tell their stories of humiliation and infestation, and they haven’t stopped since.
It’s been nearly a year since the debut of the Rape in the Fields project. In that time, a lot has changed: sources’ lives, efforts to fix the problem and advances in court cases. With the film airing again tonight on FRONTLINE, here’s a rundown of what’s happened since the film’s premiere.
The City Council votes in favor of giving residents of the Hacienda complex vouchers to move to private housing.
An in-house maintenance worker and relative of the No. 2 official at California’s Richmond Housing Authority made more than $29,000 in overtime and other pay last year, according to payroll records. That’s more overtime and additional pay than any other employee earned at the housing authority.
At a packed meeting, dozens of tenants in Richmond, Calif., unleashed years of pent-up frustration over the squalid conditions and disrespect they’ve endured from housing authority staff.
Here’s a quick look at some the major problems the Bay Area’s Richmond Housing Authority faces.