Refugees Forced to Leave Condemned Building

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The city of Lansing has found the apartment building at 119 Vicky Court to be uninhabitable. They arrived for an inspection after a tenant complaint and found the building is sinking. They also found cracks in the foundation and in walls in the basement apartments.

The 25 or so tenants have to find a new place to live. The Red Cross is helping out by putting them up in a hotel. Organizers say most of the tenants are refugees from Bosnia and Cuba, and don't speak English very well.

Some of the tenants refused to leave the condemned building, and just after 5:00 Thursday, the Lansing Police had to be called out to help explain why the building is unsafe. Police will be on hand to escort out tenants who refuse to leave, if necessary.

City inspection reports confirm the property is owned by TRJ Properties, Inc. However, the owners had no comment to the media.