Tenants vented their grief and anger as they gathered Thursday to demand action in front of the Oakwood Plaza Apartments in Elizabeth. “We are outraged,” said one. Tropical Storm Ida’s deadly flooding drowned four people there and destroyed 300 units of low-income housing.
Displaced families moving between relatives and hotels feel abandoned. A new Oakwood Tenants Rights Organization issued a list of demands, including for Section 8 housing vouchers for any displaced tenant who requests one. The group formed after Elizabeth’s Mayor J. Christian Bollwage toured the devastated complex with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman but didn’t meet with tenants.