Wheelchair-bound Avondale woman struggles to get into apartment after elevator breaks down
AVONDALE, Ohio (WKRC) - Video of a Cincinnati woman being carried into her apartment building is making the rounds after Justine Jones showed her predicament to her Facebook friends.
The wheelchair-bound woman says her options are running out after her elevator broke down and her building’s chairlift began acting temperamental.
Justine, 24, lives at The Redding on Reading Road. The building has two elevators and one chairlift. The front elevator is being repaired so residents are supposed to use the chairlift to get up four steps. Justine says to use the back elevator, she would have to wait outside in the cold until a neighbor let her in the building.
"It's very frustrating because I moved in here to be independent. My dad shouldn't have to lift me up a flight of stairs to get me into my apartment,” said Justine.
To show her predicament, Justine took cell phone video of her father Lawrence carrying her up the stairs, putting her down on the stairs and then grabbing the wheelchair.
“She should be able to come in and out of her apartment unassisted, whether I'm with her or not. If she wants to go to the store, she shouldn't have to have someone here to help her get in and out of the apartment,” said Lawrence Jones.
Justine says she should be able to use the chairlift on her own, but she contends the lift doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. When Local 12 showed up on Monday, a Local 12 photographer had to help Justine’s dad shimmy the chairlift into place.
"It's ridiculous. I've been here for three years and this is an ongoing problem,” said Justine.
Justine’s building is managed by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority. A spokeswoman for CMHA says the agency is aware of the issue and they’re working on it.