In this March 29, 2019 photo, Angela LaSalle holds an oven door that came off in her hands as she demonstrated problems with her kitchen range at Peace Lake Towers in New Orleans. A nationwide Associated Press review of federal housing data shows the complex was one of 19 Louisiana sites that failed health and safety inspections in 2018 alone. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

Rats, leaks, urine: Life in New Orleans low-rent housing

April 09, 2019 - 2:16 am
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One tenant catches rats in spring-loaded traps. Another tries to open her oven door — and it comes off in her hands.

So goes another day at Peace Lake Towers

An Associated Press review of federal housing data shows the complex in east New Orleans was one of 19 Louisiana sites that failed health and safety inspections last year alone.

Since 1999, 12% of Louisiana inspections ended in failing scores. According to federal data released in January, no state fared worse.

Nationally, inspection scores have been declining since 2007 at these taxpayer-backed private apartments assigned to low-income tenants.

Meanwhile, at Peace Lake Towers, residents are hoping a pending ownership change will lead to improvements.

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