A Wichita mother contacted us yesterday, June 1, to ask for help after her landlord threatened to call child protective services on her, solely because she had complaints about the conditions of the home she is renting. Today, that mother contacted us again, because the Department for Children and Families actually showed up at her home, after being falsely tipped off by this landlord.
Angie Williams says she is hurt that her landlord would do this to her, simply because she refuses to accept the substandard living conditions that he refuses to repair:
The home, in the 1300 block of North Chautauqua, near 13th and Hillside, is in what can only be described as atrocious condition. Williams says she has contacted the housing authority multiple times but no action was taken, and her calls were not returned.
Unable to find her original lease agreement, Williams only knows her landlord as “Opal”. According to the Sedgwick County Register of Deeds, the property is owned by a “Chauhan Ompal Etux”. Williams says that Opal also owns many other properties in Northeast Wichita.
The Department for Children and Families (DCF) came to Williams’ home today, and found the accusations made by Opal to be false. Williams showed the case workers the conditions of the home, and told them how Opal had threatened to call child protective services on her.
Williams, who works 70 hours per week, receives no state food assistance, and no child support for her six children that still live in the home, says she is afraid to wash her own walls, because Opal had her sign an agreement pertaining to lead paint when she moved in.
Fortunately, DCF saw through Opal’s shameful ploy to punish Williams for her complaints, and took no action against her family. Hopefully, the city will take action against Opal and force him to repair his properties.