Nova Scotia

Rat complaints at Halifax public housing

A single mother on social assistance in Halifax says her public housing unit is infested with rats.

A single mother on social assistance in Halifax says her public housing unit is infested with rats.

Sabrina Bayers moved into the unit in Mulgrave Park last fall.

She says she's asked numerous government departments and agencies for help, with little luck.

Since last fall, the rats have eaten through her couches and clothing, urinated on her floors, even climbed into her cupboards and stove.

"The feces and everything, everything was in the stove," said Bayers.

Her main concern is her 17-month-old daughter, Ashayla, who is often sick.

"The doctor sent her for blood work because they say the biggest health hazard is living with a rat."

Metro Housing has set traps but Bayers' father, Richard DeWolfe says they should be doing more.

"They just say they sent someone out. But the rats are still there. I know because I'm in the house all the time," said DeWolfe.

More residents in the area told CBC they have rat problems as well.

The authority has offered to move Bayers to another unit around the corner. But she says it's infested with bed bugs, so the authority found another place on Barrington Street. But she says it won't be ready for a month or two.

A spokesperson for the Department of Community Services says the rat problem in their buildings is no bigger than it is for other homes and businesses in HRM.

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