Michiana apartment complex evacuated for code violations - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Michiana apartment complex evacuated for code violations

Posted:

They are called the Princess Apartments, but residents tell us living there was more of a nightmare than a fairy tale.

"It's disgusting," said former resident Michael Carlo, with tears in his eyes. "I'm ashamed to even say this was my home."

Carlo is just one of many people who was told by Mishawaka code enforcement Thursday afternoon that they had one day to move out of their apartments.

The City of Mishawaka released a statement saying Code Enforcement and the County Health Department made the decision together that the Princess Apartments were too dangerous for people to live in.

Carlo says he knows the apartments were not the best place to live. However, he says he was shocked and disappointed in his landlord's failure to provide suitable living conditions.

"We've got notices on our doors. I'm texting people and calling people. I literally like, I don't know why they would do this to somebody," said Carlo. "I don't know how any man honestly could say that he cares about people could let somebody live as bad as it's been here."

Carlo, his neighbors, and their friends had to spent the afternoon moving everything out of the apartments. As they moved out of the building they discovered some of the more disturbing hidden secrets of their homes including black mold and bugs.

"It's not fair to these people," said Frederick Cleveland, who was helping his friends move out. "They've paid their rent on time, they've done nothing wrong, and they are being booted."

The Red Cross will help the displaced residents get back on their feet over the next few days. Shelter is being provided just miles away at Coalbush United Methodist Church.

"We certainly don't want to see anything like [this eviction] happen," said Doug Farmwald of the American Red Cross. "We're really gratified that we can help be part of the solution. We can't make it all go away, but we can make sure they're safe, have something to eat, and have a safe place to sleep tonight."

The Red Cross can only do so  much for Carlo and others though, and they know in the next few days they will have to find a new place to call home.

"By the grace of god we'll be okay," said Carlo. "We'll walk these streets and we'll be okay."

The Red Cross says they are not looking for any sort of donations at this time, but they are hoping people from the community can reach out to the displaced victims with some long term housing solutions. Many of the victims were paying less than $500 a month in rent and are looking for similar costs elsewhere.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • news alert

    Make a statement with the Summer 2014 hair and makeup trends

    Make a statement with the Summer 2014 hair and makeup trends

    Makeup at the Summer 2014 fashion shows wasn't what you'd normally expect. Usually models sport bold eye-shadows, thick black eyeliner, and bronzed sun-kissed skin. This year... makeup and hair made a statement on the runway with what they're calling the "Raw Beauty" look. The summer look is a subtle one - milky golds, ivories, and pale hues for eye shadows. It's almost that look of not even looking like you have makeup on. When it comes to hair, the look is called "effortless elegance", whe...More >>
    Makeup at the Summer 2014 fashion shows wasn't what you'd normally expect. Usually models sport bold eye-shadows, thick black eyeliner, and bronzed sun-kissed skin. This year... makeup and hair made a statement on the runway with what they're calling the "Raw Beauty" look. The summer look is a subtle one - milky golds, ivories, and pale hues for eye shadows. It's almost that look of not even looking like you have makeup on. When it comes to hair, the look is called "effortless elegance", whe...More >>
  • Boy scout finds marijuana plants in city park

    Boy scout finds marijuana plants in city park

    Will Kercher was working on removing invasive plants in Abshire Park Monday morningwhen he came across a different kind of "invasive" species...marijuana plants. Kercher, seventeen, was taking before pictures ofa wooded area in thepark. He was documenting the area before he helped clear it of bush honeysuckle when he came across four potted marijuana plants. He took a picture and then went to tellAaron Sawatsy-Kingsley, Goshen's City Forester.More >>
    Will Kercher was working on removing invasive plants in Abshire Park Monday morningwhen he came across a different kind of "invasive" species...marijuana plants. Kercher, seventeen, was taking before pictures ofa wooded area in thepark. He was documenting the area before he helped clear it of bush honeysuckle when he came across four potted marijuana plants. He took a picture and then went to tellAaron Sawatsy-Kingsley, Goshen's City Forester. More >>
  • Mayor Buttigieg talks about life on deployment in Afghanistan

    Mayor Buttigieg talks about life on deployment in Afghanistan

    Mayor Pete Buttigieg in AfghanistanMayor Pete Buttigieg in Afghanistan
    South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has about two months left on his deployment in Afghanistan. For the first time since he left in February, FOX28 had a chance to interview the mayor via Skype. We had a lot to talk about, from the power outage that had downtown in the dark, to a somewhat tumultuous time with the common council.More >>
    South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has about two months left on his deployment in Afghanistan. For the first time since he left in February, FOX28 had a chance to interview the mayor via Skype. We had a lot to talk about, from the power outage that had downtown in the dark, to a somewhat tumultuous time with the common council.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.