Some residents left homeless after Morris Park building evacuated

Some Bronx residents were left homeless Monday after the Department of Buildings ordered an evacuation of their Morris Park building.

Police say they were in the building on Van Nest Avenue on a drug investigation when they discovered it was illegally subdivided. According to the Department of Buildings, there were 18 rented rooms inside what was supposed to be a two-family dwelling.

Many tenants were surprised to find out the landlord was receiving rent from the single occupancy rooms. They add that the living conditions in the building were horrendous.

The Red Cross is housing seven of the tenants. The other displaced residents will be staying in a hotel or a shelter system.

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