ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A north St. Louis alderman visits an apartment complex where Syrian refugees have been complaining of bugs, mice and neighborhood gunfire following the breaking report from KMOX’s Charlie Brennan.
Alderman Jeffrey Boyd says he regrets the gunfire refugee renters are complaining about at Hodiamont and Page avenues.
“I hear it far too often myself, my family is tired of hearing it,” he says.
As for the pests, Boyd says the landlord told him the apartments are clean when new tenants move in. He suggests the bed bugs are coming from donated mattresses and the field mice from refugees leaving their doors open to watch their kids playing.
“Some of the new refugees are leaving their doors open and they have food on the floor, maybe crumbs whatsoever. If you leave your door open out in an area where there’s field mice potentially, then they’ll be in your house before you know it,” Boyd says.
When Brennan visited a Syrian family who lives in the complex, their doors and windows were open because there was no power in the apartment to alleviate the unseasonal October heat.
Boyd mentions he received a $500 campaign donation from the landlord in a past election cycle, but says that wouldn’t affect his judgement.
“For disclosure, they made campaign contributions to me but that would never stop me from making sure the right thing is done,” he says.
Boyd says he plans to meet with the refugees and the International Institute on site to fix their problems.
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