Disabled Tenants Feeling Trapped

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A group of disabled residents in a Carson City apartment complex are saying they feel trapped and neglected by building managers.

The Frost Yasmer Estates are specifically designed to provide affordable housing for people with mobility restrictions, but without a working elevator, many of the tenants say their apartment feels more like a prison.

"I missed a days work," says Jeff Burning a resident for the past seven years. "I had plans tomorrow night and I can't get our because of the elevator issue."

Berning and other tenants discovered their main elevator wasn't working on Saturday morning and management is telling them it won't be up and running again until Tuesday.

"There is no accommodation or anyway for anyone to get downstairs," says resident Candy Roper. "Unless you have someone carry you down the stairs, which is nearly impossible in a power wheelchair."

An infection resulting from muscular dystrophy has confined Roper to her bed for most of the past 10 months. She still works a part-time job and says she was hoping to enjoy some of the nice weekend weather.

"It feels like they don't think we have a real life," says Roper. "They think we just sit around and that's not true."

Roper says she's disappointed, but not surprised by this unfortunate situation.

"Two years ago, the same thing happened; and the elevator repairman told me it was used when they put it in."

In spite of the ongoing elevator problems, both tenants say they have no plans to leave the complex, not necessarily because they don't want to, but mostly because they can't.

"We're on a low income," says Berning. "And it's hard for us to find somewhere else to go."

"There's not a lot of options," says Roper. "This is pretty much the extent of it unless you go to a nursing home."