Richmond Public Housing for The Center for Investigative Reporting

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Connie Gary, 72, poses for a portrait in her apartment at the Hacienda housing complex in Richmond, California, Friday, February 6, 2015. Today it was announced that current residents of the Richmond Housing Authority owned and maintained complex would receive Section 8 vouchers to find housing as the housing complex is renovated and long-standing problems with the building are addressed.

Connie Gary, 72, poses for a portrait in her apartment at the Hacienda housing complex in Richmond, California, Friday, February 6, 2015. Today it was announced that current residents of the Richmond Housing Authority owned and maintained complex would receive Section 8 vouchers to find housing as the housing complex is renovated and long-standing problems with the building are addressed.

Resident Everett Dennis Lewis, 62, laughs at friend and fellow resident Rhonda Marshall, 59, as she talks with her neighbor at the Hacienda housing complex in Richmond, California, Friday, February 6, 2015. 

Resident Everett Dennis Lewis, 62, laughs at friend and fellow resident Rhonda Marshall, 59, as she talks with her neighbor at the Hacienda housing complex in Richmond, California, Friday, February 6, 2015. 

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, left, Tim Jones, the Executive Director of the Richmond Housing Authority, and Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, during a press conference at Hacienda housing complex in Richmond, California, Friday, February 6, 2015. Today it was announced that current residents of the Richmond Housing Authority owned and maintained complex would receive Section 8 vouchers to find housing as the housing complex is renovated and long-standing problems with the building are addressed. 

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, left, Tim Jones, the Executive Director of the Richmond Housing Authority, and Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, during a press conference at Hacienda housing complex in Richmond, California, Friday, February 6, 2015. Today it was announced that current residents of the Richmond Housing Authority owned and maintained complex would receive Section 8 vouchers to find housing as the housing complex is renovated and long-standing problems with the building are addressed. 

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt speaks to a reporter after a press conference at Hacienda housing complex in Richmond, California, Friday, February 6, 2015. Today it was announced that current residents of the Richmond Housing Authority owned and maintained complex would receive Section 8 vouchers to find housing as the housing complex is renovated and long-standing problems with the building are addressed. 

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt speaks to a reporter after a press conference at Hacienda housing complex in Richmond, California, Friday, February 6, 2015. Today it was announced that current residents of the Richmond Housing Authority owned and maintained complex would receive Section 8 vouchers to find housing as the housing complex is renovated and long-standing problems with the building are addressed. 

Rhonda Marshall, 59, tells her friend about her problems trying to have management fix a broken lock on her front door in her apartment in the Hacienda housing complex in Richmond, California, Friday, February 6, 2015. She has had moving boxes packed with her belongings for more than a year as she anticipated a voucher allowing her to relocate from the Hacienda housing complex. Today it was announced that current residents of the Richmond Housing Authority owned and maintained complex would receive Section 8 vouchers to find housing as the housing complex is renovated and long-standing problems with the building are addressed. 

Rhonda Marshall, 59, tells her friend about her problems trying to have management fix a broken lock on her front door in her apartment in the Hacienda housing complex in Richmond, California, Friday, February 6, 2015. She has had moving boxes packed with her belongings for more than a year as she anticipated a voucher allowing her to relocate from the Hacienda housing complex. Today it was announced that current residents of the Richmond Housing Authority owned and maintained complex would receive Section 8 vouchers to find housing as the housing complex is renovated and long-standing problems with the building are addressed. 

Check out reporter Amy Julia Harris' story in her revealing, long-term coverage of the Hacienda housing complex and it's tenants struggle with the Richmond Housing Authority. Read it here