Dead mice in vents last straw for Halifax mother of two

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WATCH ABOVE: A concerned mother of two has made her pleas public after saying she isn't receiving the support she needs from Metro Regional Housing Authority. Global's Alexa MacLean went to her home to investigate – Apr 7, 2016

A mother of two living in the public housing district of Greystone in Spryfield, Nova Scotia says she woke up on April Fools Day to a find a dead mouse in her bathroom vent.

“I thought I was on a hidden camera, I thought this was a cruel joke,” said Jodi Brown, a Metro Housing tenant.

Rodents, mold and cat urine are just some of the issues she’s been dealing with since being moved into the area.

“In November the head of housing called me and told me they had a home for me and I thought everything was over. But, when I came into this home and the government gave me 255-dollars to live off, they put me in a home that smells like cat urine and is infested with mice,” said Brown.

Concerned residents from public-housing in Spryfield, Halifax and Dartmouth delivered a letter demanding a meeting with the regional manager of Metro Regional Housing Authority Janet Burt-Gerrans.

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The Housing Authority went forward with a meeting and sent a statement to Global News, it reads in part:

“We work proactively with pest control companies to assess our buildings on a regular basis. When this issue came to our attention, we took immediate action..”

It goes on to say.

“We recognize there have been some deficiencies in the past. We are working to develop an action plan to address them.”

Brown says she isn’t the only resident living in poor conditions and that if it wasn’t for internal support from the tight-knit community she doesn’t know how she would handle her family’s stressful living conditions.

“You know when I first moved in they offered me a shovel, they came over and gave me salt for my bridge. The children and I love all the children here because my children can go out and play and it’s safe here. So I am thankful that they put me in a safe environment. But it’s not a healthy one,” said Brown.

A spokesperson for Metro Regional Housing Authority says the concerns were noted in the meeting and the organization will be working to address them in the near future.


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