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Hundreds of seniors sweltering amidst heat wave with no A/C in Dearborn complexes

Posted at 6:51 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 18:51:36-04

"Feels like somebody’s got you bound up from the head to the just can’t breathe," said Mary Crumley of what it feels like to live with no A/C while enduring asthma.

Crumley was short breath when 7 Action New met her, and it was all the result of simply sitting in her apartment, amidst a record May heat wave. 

Crumley lives at Hubbard Manor West, where more than 200 tenants, some of them with serious health conditions, are grappling with no A/C.

Seniors at its sister property, Hubbard Manor West, living in over 100 units, were facing the same predicament.

When we paid the buildings a visit, we saw seniors sitting outside, hoping for a breeze or convening in the lobby, the only spot where cool air is flowing.

These two complexes are run by the Dearborn housing department. Tenants say they were told the A/C simply needed be turned on for the season…

But despite being told it would happen this past Friday, tenants say they were told it would be pushed back until as late as Wednesday of this week.  

So 7 Action News got on the case, speaking with Chief Ron Haddad of Dearborn police who said he was aware of the issue but would elevate its priority given the circumstances. Together, with the Mayor's office, he said he would attempt to get an emergency reboot done on both properties Monday night.