In response to the Jan. 5 report in your paper about the situation in the North Adams Housing Authority (NAHA) properties: These residents are freezing, and I wonder how many children would let their parents live under these conditions.
Several of our residents are in their 90s, under doctor's care and living in apartments where the thermostat does go below 68 degrees. My own was at 66 this past week and I have a picture of it on my camera. Most every resident in these buildings has a space heater and they need them.
The temperature in these apartments is not at 72 when these residents get out of bed in the morning -- a time when they need the heat the most -- even for those that leave their lights on all night to keep it up.
The thermostat does not get up to daytime numbers some days until noontime and stays at 68 until the sun comes around so we can open our shades to let it in to warm up our apartments. At this time of the year, the sun doesn't stay out very long. Many of us keep our shades down to keep out the cold outside air, which does come in.
Residents feel like their concerns are being swept under the rug. These people need results, not pacifiers to keep them calm and warm. They need more heat 24/7 and this is the time they need it.
Pearl Mullett, resident, NAHA Board member
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