RICHMOND, Va. -- (WTVR) -- A woman’s emotional plea to Richmond City Council this week has motivated others to ask what can be done to help people living in deteriorating, infested apartments in Richmond’s public housing.
On Monday, Sharanda Taylor told the council that she believes her living conditions are taking a toll on her mental and physical health. She shared very emotional and deeply personal information with city council members during the public comment period, hoping to remind the city of how much work is left to do.
She said, there was no heat in her RRHA apartment and that her home was once overrun and infested with mice.
“I was housed like an animal and left in the apartment for three months knowing that I had an infestation,” she said.
The mom told the council that conditions were so bad, she and her children had to relocate to a hotel. Taylor said she believes a miscarriage she had was tied to the stress caused by the difficult living conditions she and her children faced. Then, a graphic show and tell took council members by surprise.
The mom held up a plastic container and addressed the council.
“Because I had a miscarriage, this is a baby," Taylor said. "My embryo that I can no longer carry. I sit here watching people hold their babies in the back while I hold mine in a cup,” Taylor said through tears .
Her plea for help was interrupted by officers who attempted to remove her. Council members came to her defense and told officers that they wanted to allow Taylor to continue speaking. Council member and pastor Mike Jones was moved by the mom’s passionate plea. He said she exemplified courage and bravery when she shared her emotional story.