LEWISTON — In the course of one week, two women called the Center for Wisdom’s Women, nearly in tears, saying that they had found bed bugs on their beds. One of them, within a week, was finding bugs in other places.

Klara Tammany, executive director of the women’s center, remembered someone at her church sharing news of the Visible Community’s Neighborhood Housing League. Tammany called the office and that very day, Shanna Rogers, resident coordinator for the league, returned the call.

By the end of the week, a class was scheduled at the center about how to prevent, diagnose and treat for bed bugs, and while at it, roaches. Within the week, Rogers also met personally with both women who had called looking for help.

Through her work, Rogers is helping tenants advocate for their right to safe housing, and she is teaching the parallel responsibilities of tenants to maintain their apartments, all of which will be part of an upcoming “Good Tenant Certification Program.” Rogers will return to the women’s center to consult with tenants and to assist with documentation and self advocacy.

For more information about upcoming programs at the Center for Wisdom’s Women, visit www.wisdomswomenorg. To connect to the Neighborhood Housing League, attend a Visible Community meeting, held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, at the B-Street Community Center or call Rogers at 782-7876.


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