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CEDAR HILL (CBS11) – The City of Cedar Hill is threatening to condemn an apartment complex paid for with taxpayer dollars.

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CBS11 got a look inside an $800 per month apartment with a rotting ceiling and water soaked walls covered with mold.

A private investor who gets money from the government to house tenants at the High Point Village Apartments is under fire from the city for what it calls disgraceful living conditions.

Sharon Bookman lives upstairs in apartment 164 where the ceiling below her is crumbling.

“I’m scared for my kids they’re going to fall through the floor,” said Bookman.

Lashunda Edwards breathes in the visible mold on the walls of  apartment 163.

“The kids over here getting sick,” said Edwards.  “They’re coughing.”

The Sephus family huddles in the one room of apartment 139 that’s not unbearably hot.

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Two weeks ago, fire destroyed one building at High Point Village and that fire alerted city code enforcement to what it calls filthy, inhumane conditions.

“I would say the conditions are deplorable,” said Greg Porter, Cedar Hill’s City Manager.

The property for low income residents is owned by an out of state investor under the name Miracle Mile.

Federal tax money pays $700 to $800 of some of the rents so CBS11 went to ask the leasing office how much of that was going toward maintenance.

We were ordered out and given a number which no one answered.  The city says it’s documented more than 1,000 code violations in the 250 unit complex and has issued 26 current citations.

“They won’t come fix nothing,” said Bookman.  “I wasn’t able to cook for six months. I can’t turn on no water because it runs downstairs you know I feel sorry for my neighbor because I don’t want them to think I’m doing it on purpose.”

Tenants believe it’s just a matter of time before there’s another fire in the buildings with bad wiring and missing smoke detectors.

The city says it worked for two years to build a case against the previous owner, who then sold it.

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