DC Housing Authority Determines Violation Complaints were done intentionally

From a press release:

“A report of “deplorable housing conditions” at Park Morton on a local blog has been determined to be fictitious.

The District of Columbia Housing Authority takes complaints seriously. DCHA immediately investigated a Prince of Petworth post that featured several housing violations. The claims made in the post were found to be fabricated. The blog post has since been removed from the site. Ed. Note earlier this week the post was removed at the request of the OP who at the time said he felt threatened. Nevertheless, my sincere apologies to the DC Housing Authority if the photos were indeed fabricated by the OP.

During the inspection, it was determined that the online post was submitted by an adult dependent of a Park Morton resident. That dependent admitted to causing the destruction of property and making a false report to a neighborhood website. DCHA repaired the issues.

It is DCHA’s mission is to provide quality affordable housing to extremely low- through moderate-income households while fostering communities and cultivating opportunities for residents to improve their lives.”

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  • very interesting development.

  • That’s hysterical. All those people screaming and crying in the comments about how deplorable the photos were and nobody (myself included) thought to question if they were even real.
    I hope the person who committed this fraud gets evicted from his (turns out not-so-bad after all) apartment for libeling his landlord!

    • jim_ed

      Normally I love to hammer people for getting duped by a hoax (looking at you, seemingly everyone on facebook!), but I’m willing to give people a pass here. There weren’t any red flags, like a kickstarter to help fund rehabilitation, or a call to action against DCHA – there wasn’t a compelling reason as to why someone would damage their own place, except to complain on a blog? Bizarre, funny, also depressing. Interesting in the light of it being fake to reexamine our own internal prejudices about what we expect of public housing and those who live there in the initial thread.

      • justinbc

        Yeah, this kind of thing happens regularly here, as with other sites. It seems it’s exacerbated in the comments sections here more often, as people come on anonymously and claim to be so and so with facts about such and such, but there’s zero way to verify any of it. There’s always someone just posting questionable truths/falsities to incite a backlash.

  • Reminds me of an old story I was told once…

    There was a baby bird sitting in a tree waiting for it’s momma to come home. It made a lot of noise complaining about how cold it was and how hungry it was, a peanut fell out of the tree onto the bird and as it shook the peanut off it’s back, the baby bird fell out of the tree into a pile of cow dung… Once it fell into the cow dung it was warm but it still kept complaining and chirping about how hungry it was… A fox heard the bird chirping, and then came and ate it. Long story short, the bird had all it needed at the time, but it kept complaining until it landed in a big pile of poop, then it kept complaining until something came along and made things a lot worse.

    The price on those apartments are very low, but apparently the tenant saw fit in complaining until they are now very likely to lose it all. Ces La Vie.

    • Not to ruin the story, but the only thing I could think of here was, “but, peanuts don’t grow on trees”.

      • The lesson is the important point… I screwed up the story in many other ways than that. 😛

      • Actually, I should have googled the story…

        Once upon a time, there was a non-conforming sparrow who decided not to fly south for the winter. However, soon the weather turned so cold that he reluctantly started to fly south.

        In a short time ice began to form on his wings and he fell to earth in a barnyard. Almost frozen, a cow passed by and crapped on the little sparrow. The sparrow thought it was the end. But, the manure warmed him and defrosted his wings. Warm and happy, able to breathe, he started to sing. Just then, a large cat came by and hearing the chirping, investigated the sounds. The cat cleared away the manure, found the chirping bird and ate him.

        Morals to the Story

        Everyone who shits on you is not necessarily your enemy.
        Everyone who gets you out of the shit is not necessarily your friend.
        And, if you’re warm and happy in a pile of shit, keep your mouth shut!!!

  • OP is a __________.

  • Thanks for posting an update.

  • I’m not sure who to believe.

  • Ok, how about some photos of the actual Park Morton. First rule of the internet — pix or it didn’t happen. What does this place actually look like inside?

  • Very interesting indeed. Especially since as I recall the complaint, the problems did not appear to be the sort that I”d imagine could be deliberately created. So now I’m wondering which is the most likely: that a dependent resident would deliberately destroy a relative’s home, publicly complain about it, and then admit it — or that the DCHA would penalize someone for complaining publicly about dangerous code violations.

    • +1. A lot of the pictures looked like water damage and suspect wiring—-not intentional damage. Then they end the PR with “DCRA repaired the issues” which suggests the problems were legitimate.

  • OP just wanted money from the fake claim

  • Reminds me of PETA and the Silver Spring Monkeys.

    Caused a huge controversy, but turned out Alex Pacheco had staged the whole thing.

  • The thing is I have have been in quite a few public housing complexes in DC through my job and a lot of them are total shit shows as far as maintenance goes. that one report may be fabricated but lets just look at the exterior. Half the units are boarded up-do we really think that is conduisve to appropriate care and mainenance. DCHA may have “won” this battle but trust me they are losing the war.

    • If you had actually been in a lot of public housing complexes for work you would know what an utter untruth your statement that “half the units are boarded up” is.

      • In the case of Park Morton, it’s true that half the units are boarded up.
        Originally the whole thing was going to be demolished… but then the city found out that (IIRC) it needs approval from HUD before it can do that. So Park Morton is now in an awkward limbo where it’s supposed to be torn down, but it’s unclear when that’s going to be.
        As tenants move out, they’re trying to consolidate the remaining tenants in the same buildings so that they can board up other buildings, so as to avoid having one or two apartments occupied in a building and the rest are vacant. (That typically results in people breaking into the vacant apartments.)

    • DCHA is one of those thankless jobs. Everybody trashes them until they think they have been swindled. A little known fact is that DC has a housing conditions court that actually looks into these sort of claims and will actually send out an inspector prior to the court decision.

      If you find yourself really in this case, I suggest you visit the landlord/tenant affairs office in seek of representation. If you have a case, they actually are quite helpful.

  • So your basically saying that the poor are lazy and liars too. CHUM in the WATER.

  • I drive by this place frequently. It is true that there a number of units with boarded up windows and even from the exterior, it does not look well-maintained. Sorry, POP, but I wouldn’t necessarily give credence to DCHA”s claims about this being fabricated. The original complainant’s story seemed much more credible than the response posted here, and it’s hard to imagine what would have motivated him or her to go through the trouble of faking photos and writing to you about it.

  • Some of the stuff I saw in that post was not intentional. Some could have been, but let’s not make any mistake that Park Morton is a horribly run, dangerous and disgusting housing project. Coming soon to an Old Jewish Home near you!

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