“Somebody is treating us like we’re humans,” Help is on the way for center infested with bed bugs

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The problems at the Wesley Village have been well documented.

NewsChannel 4 was given pictures of trash overflowing from the dumpsters and a bed bug crawling on a resident.

The complex, located in the 300 block of N.W. 12th St., is government subsidized so the people who live there are all either elderly or disabled.

Residents say the problems are nothing new and that the building’s management has done nothing to fix them.

 On Thursday, there was a glimmer of hope.

 “I know that there have been attempts to take care of that, but if it’s a continuing issue, that’s a 911.  We’ve got to deal with that today,” said Roland Chupik, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services Oklahoma City, Inc.

Chupik paid a visit to the apartments on Thursday afternoon.

The non-profit agency is a part owner of Wesley Village.

They were brought in by out-of-state investors to help secure tax credits to fix up the building.

They don’t pay the bills or manage the property, but Chupik says they’re now going to take a more active role.

“We didn’t step in before because we felt the management company was working through this and they were on top of all these things, but obviously, they’re not,” said Chupik.

Kathy Kelly showed him the sores she has from bed bug bites.

“It’s from the bed bugs and it itches just terribly,” said Kelly.

“Well, that’s horrible, absolutely horrible,” said Chupik.

“This is awesome, we finally get some help,” said Kelly.  “It’s good to know that somebody is treating us like we’re humans and not just a disabled person.”

“After being ignored and pushed aside for as long as we have and being told there’s not a problem here, it’s really nice,” said Shawn Fipps, another resident.

And Chupik assured the residents he will stay on top of fixing the problems and allow NewsChannel 4 to be a part of that process as well.

“Channel 4 can come here any time they want to come.  That’s why Sarah called me and that’s why I’m here with her because we’re going to get down to the bottom of this,” said Chupik.

Chupik has set up a meeting for next Wednesday to document all the residents’ concerns and begin working on them.

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