Residents of low-income housing unit accuse pair of bullying

Posted at: 09/09/2013 10:45 PM | Updated at: 09/10/2013 8:15 AM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some older residents at a low-income housing unit in Albuquerque are scared.

They claim bullies in their building are making their lives miserable. They say they've tried repeatedly to get the city to help but nothing's been done.

Wainwright Manor Apartments are nothing fancy, just modest living for low-income people.

But to Linda Castillo, this place is all she needs.

"This is my castle. I'm the queen here," Castillo said.

The 60-year-old feels trapped in her own apartment.

She says two women who live in her building are straight up, bullies.

"By pushing us around, calling us names and trying to run over us with her wheelchair," she said.

She's not the only tenant complaining.

"It's like living in jail. I feel like I'm not safe," Gloria Intogna said.

Others say they really are scared, particularly of one woman who is wheelchair-bound.

"Chasing me up and down the hallways with her wheelchair," Terry George said.

"She throws pee on my door. I've been cleaning it every morning when I get up," Intogna said.

Castillo started a petition and gathered the signatures of 30 residents who've had enough.

A few days after receiving the petition, the Albuquerque Housing Authority, which runs the manor, called a mandatory meeting for all residents for Tuesday.

APD was even going to take part.

But then, a notice went out. The meeting had been cancelled.

The Housing Authority says the meeting was cancelled "in order to protect the privacy of residents."

Those with concerns are now asked to call the Housing Authority office.

"You know what? I'm scared," Castillo said. "And I don't want to live in a place where I have to look behind my back. I can't even go downstairs and eat lunch and I'm on a fixed income, sometimes I depend on that lunch. And I'm tired."

The Housing Authority will listen to all the complaints before moving forward.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 was unable to reach anyone at the Albuquerque Housing Authority on Monday.



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