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Homeowners upset with city-funded repairs

Elderly and disabled homeowners march into a Metro government office to confront city leaders. The homeowners today accused city contractors of leaving their homes in disrepair.

The Metro Housing Department offers free home repairs to elderly, low-income, and disabled homeowners.

But several homeowners say the city's contractors left their homes in a mess, and with even bigger problems than before the repairs.

"My blood pressure jumped I don't know how far. I just sit and cried now. It's been that bad," said Lynn Wheatly.

Lynn Wheatly and other Portland homeowners say they're tired of city contractors doing "shoddy" repair work on their homes.

"If I had to do over, they would never step foot in my house," said Wheatly.

Lynn says a roof repair turned into a leaky roof that's left water stains on her wall. And she says the contractor left trash behind.

"I had to call one of the contractors and tell him to get them to clean this off my porch," said Wheatly.

And then, Lynn says, the contractor sent her a bill for more than $500, when the city is supposed to pay for the work.

The local chapter of a national organization has stepped in for the second time to help these upset homeowners. The group is called ACORN, which stands for "Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now." And they showed up Thursday afternoon at the Metro Housing Department.

Lynn says she's gotten the usual "run-around" when she's called city offices. But a city spokesperson says an inspector has not been able to reach Lynn.

"We've been unable to reach Ms. Wheatly to gain access to the home to make sure that the repair work was done satisfactorily," said Kerri Richardson, Metro Government spokesperson.

"If you got people that know what they're doing, then I shouldn't have to call nobody. They should know what they're doing," said Wheatly.

"And so, this is something that we need to make sure that it's done right, so we can get it taken care of for you," said Richardson.

The Metro Housing Department says they will review their Home Repair program to see what changes or improvements they need to make.

The department will meet again with the disgruntled homeowners next week.

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