ACTION JACKSON: Participants in roof repair program still waiting

Action Jackson helps woman staying in unlivable conditions

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Tommy Thompson, 69, says the last few years have been tough living under a ceiling that’s falling apart.

“I’m not used to it, and it hurts me that I’m not able to do the work or pay to have it done,” said Thompson.

Tommy Thompson says what she thought was a minor leak in her roof turned out to be a much bigger problem.
Tommy Thompson says what she thought was a minor leak in her roof turned out to be a much bigger problem. (Source: WAFB)

Thompson says she hired a contractor to repair what she thought was a minor leak in her roof. However, it soon turned into something much worse, as heavy rains caused portions of her ceiling to collapse. Thompson says she applied for a roofing repair program with Build Baton Rouge and the mayor’s office in June, but she says she hasn’t heard back about her application.

The leak in the roof is causing mold to grow on Thompson's ceiling.
The leak in the roof is causing mold to grow on Thompson's ceiling. (Source: WAFB)

“No one has been willing to just work with me and let me do it in portions or whatever amount I can pay to at least just start to get it done,” said Thompson.

A representative for Build Baton Rouge says an inspector will be at Thompson’s house within the next two weeks.

Thompson says Build Baton Rouge has been out to inspect her home since WAFB aired her story, however, she says they have not said when they will repair her roof.

“It’s taking so long, you know. I really thought that by now I would have had results, I really did. I thought by now that it would have been fixed,” said Thomspon.

WAFB’s Donovan Jackson spoke with Dan Wilson, who also signed up for the program. He says he’s also waiting for an update on his case after his kitchen ceiling recently collapsed.

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“Just to let people know if they’re eligible, are you going to do it, let them know so we can find other sources to help us out, because we’re elderly and we’re doing the best we can do,” said Wilson.

Build Baton Rouge’s president and CEO, Chris Tyson, says they are currently waiting to get the first phase of the program cleared by the city-parish. This would allow them to get started on the first 50 homes. He could not confirm when the phase would pass clearance or how long it would take to complete. He says they’re completing projects in the order in which applications were finished and not by the conditions of an applicant’s roof. Tyson also says his department recently mailed out letters to update applicants on their status.

“We’re just two elderly people trying to get something done in their home,” said Wilson.

“I pray that they hurry up and fix it,” said Thompson.

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