Apt. residents can’t turn on heat despite cooler temps

Baldwin Apartments in Stratford. (WTNH/ Josh Scheinblum)

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Inside one of the units at the Raymond Baldwin apartments in Stratford lives a man named Danny Cook and his pet cat, Tippy. It’s a place Cook likes to live, that is, unless it begins to get cold.

“I honestly think it gets down to at least 60 degrees,” said Cook.

Cook suffers from arthritis and he says when the temperatures get low his condition worsens.

“It’s difficult to sleep because it’s very painful,” said Cook.

You might think the obvious solution would be to turn on the heat but only problem with that Danny tells us is the landlord isn’t willing to do it.

“They shut off the heat about May and they don’t put on the (heat) on until September 23rd no matter how cold it is,” said Cook.

The property Danny lives in is run by the Stratford Housing Authority and he says he has tried to reach those that work there to alert them of the problem for weeks but no one has got back to him.

Saturday, News 8 too tried to see if we could get in touch someone but our luck it appears was not any better. News 8 is still waiting to have our phone calls returned and when we stopped by the housing authority’s offices no one came to the door.

Danny says while he waits for answers he has found a solution of his own, an electric heater, but that he claims is burning a hole in his wallet which is why it is his hope property managers turn on the heat soon.

In the interest of transparency, the normal hours of operation according to the Stratford Housing authority website is 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and many of the other residents we spoke to, while declining to speak with us on camera, did say they’re not experiencing the same cold conditions in their apartment that Danny is.

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