Before the eviction notice, Robert Johnson, a 94-year-old World War II veteran, thought he had been a model tenant in his Section 8 apartment.
He pays rent on time and speaks softly. Even as roaches congregated near the fridge, and a mouse trap sat near his feet, and the building elevator remained broken for weeks — a lonely ordeal for a senior with a pacemaker — Johnson said of his home, “I like it all right.”
This elderly veteran does not look for trouble. But indignities have come knocking: In Hartford, he is caught in a web of housing code violations that have drawn the attention of city and federal housing officials.
The problems in Johnson’s government-subsidized...