Resident says abandoned house next door is hazard

It was already an eyesore, but neighbors say a blighted house is getting worse now that squatters have taken over.

A Detroit mother of three young girls says that walking in her own backyard makes her sick because of the abandoned home next door on Braille Street. 

"I wouldn't dare touch anything over there," said Aulana Harper. "There's all kind of junk back there.

But she says the stench and even the rats aren't the biggest problem - instead it is  the drug paraphernalia.

"It looks like they set up shop over there so they can get high or whatever," Harper said. "They throw syringes in my yard."

Harper says she's been living next-door  since 2012 and says she's been mowing the abandoned lawn and cutting down branches. She has called the city and says the home was put on the demolition list last year.

Craig Fahle with the Detroit Land Bank Authority says the abandoned home is in the process of going out to contractors and says the home will be demolished by the end of summer at the very latest. 

Fahle also says there are roughly 40,000 structures waiting to be demolished and the city is working as quickly as possible knocking down about 150 homes per week. 

But until this home is taken down Harper says she will keep her children's bedroom windows boarded up and will stay as far away as possible - hoping the city keeps its word.
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