A Battle with Bedbugs: One Man’s Struggle for Livable Housing with Section 8 Support

Mike Strobel, a Milwaukee resident living in low-income housing, has faced a harrowing living situation marred by infestations of bedbugs, mice, and various other pests. He moved into his current residence a year and a half ago, paying $725 a month through Section 8 federal housing aid, as it was a choice between this rundown apartment and homelessness. The property, acquired by Baratta Properties in May, recently failed a federal aid inspection due to severe bug infestations and structural issues. Strobel had to purchase cleaning supplies to tackle the deplorable conditions, and he only asks for basic improvements like bug removal and fixing leaks.
The spotlight on Strobel’s situation prompted Baratta Properties to take action, including bringing in an exterminator. The Section 8 vouchers that cover Strobel’s rent are administered by the Milwaukee Housing Authority, which promises to re-inspect the property after necessary improvements are made, giving Strobel hope for better living conditions in the future. While he waits for these changes, Strobel remains optimistic that his situation may soon become more tolerable. For those in need of assistance with low-income housing through Section 8, there are resources available by calling 211 or contacting the 12 News Investigates team for support with landlord issues or living condition concerns.
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