Houston-area leaders say they are upset by the conditions at Sterlingshire Apartments, so they say they are helping residents know their rights and help is on the way.

They walked around the property on Thursday.

“It’s unfathomable,” said Houston City Councilwoman Dr. Letitia Plummer. She is taking action after disturbing footage surfaced showing residents living in moldy, pest-infested apartments with faulty appliances.

“For our residents, living in these conditions is devastating. On top of all of that, it’s in our black and brown communities where we already have health care disparities,” Plummer said.

In addition to touring the complex tonight, Plummer is drafting a city ordinance called Apartment Inspection Reform, or AIR, which aims to create more protections and resources for tenants.

“These donors, they have the means [and] they make a conscious choice not to do anything about it,” she added.

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Part of the plan includes adding and training eight new municipal health and livability inspectors.

“We have two health inspectors. Only two. And those two take years to come back when people call to complain,” Plummer said.

Some residents here say they have been living in sickening conditions for more than two years.

“I’m very disappointed that the people of Sterlingshire are providing people with living conditions that are nothing out of the ordinary,” said Harris County Pct. 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

Ellis also sent representatives from his office to tour the property.

“What I encourage my team to look at is what we can do to put more legal assistance into tenants’ rights,” Ellis said.

“They have to call 311, they have to file a formal complaint, they have to create a case number, then they call me Councilwoman Letitia Plummer. They have to call their district member,” Plummer said.

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Residents living in deplorable conditions can inquire about free legal services through Lone Star Legal Aid by calling (713) 652-0077.

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