A small space heater provides some warmth for Tina Marie Shaw, who tried unsuccessfully for three years to get the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority to replace a broken, leaky radiator in her Creighton Court apartment. She and her grandson wear coats and blankets to stay warm.
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For the past three years, Tina Marie Shaw has had to rely on an electric space heater to keep the winter cold out of her public housing unit in Creighton Court. “I worry about the heater starting a fire,” said Ms. Shaw, who looks after her 9-year-old grandson, Xavia, her pride and joy and an honors student at a Richmond elementary school. To avoid risk to herself and the child, “I unplug (the heater) at night when I go upstairs to bed, and turn it on in the morning.”