Local woman risks eviction to park her car in a safe place


by Julian Johnson / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com


Posted on May 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 10:17 PM

(KMOV.com) – A woman who lives in public housing told News 4 she is not being allowed to park her car in a safe place.

Donna Lofton lives at the Gardens at the Renaissance Place public housing complex in north St. Louis. She told News 4 she is concerned because an increasing number of cars have been broken into at the complex.

“The weather's getting warm and this is what goes on in the projects when the weather gets warm,” Lofton said.

Lofton said she has been parking her car in the visitor’s parking lot because the lot that is used by residents does not currently have any working lights or security cameras. Lofton was told by authorities that she is not allowed to park in the visitor’s lot. She told News 4 she called the St. Louis Housing authority to see if security could be beefed up for the resident’s lot.

“They said that the federal program does not allow for security. They have gone through budget cuts,” Lofton said.

Housing authority officials told News 4 they are trying to address the problem.

“When a break-in happens, it’s disturbing but we are working on it with the police unit and the security specialist with the management agent,” said Cheryl Lovell.

Housing authority officials told News 4 that a resident who parks in the visitors’ lot risks having his or her car towed. Repeat violators risk being evicted. Lofton told News 4 eviction is risk she is willing to take until security is improved.

“I might end up homeless, nobody else wanted to say anything because they were afraid,” Lofton said. “As God as my witness I'm not going to park back here in the dark.”