Bronzeville Man Says He's Been Without Heat For 13 Days, Bedroom Measures 28 Degrees

Another night below freezing was on tap Wednesday night – and imagine struggling through it without heat. As CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported, that has been the reality for a Chicago man for 13 days.

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MARISSA PARRA: Instead of bundling up to go outside, Joseph White is wearing all these layers to stay inside.

JOSEPH WHITE: This is day 13 without heat.

MARISSA PARRA: His daily nightmare is struggling to stay warm. He uses his oven not for food but for heat, whatever it takes to survive some of Chicago's coldest days. White says his landlord knows, but nothing has changed.

We did some digging. City records show the same landlord has owned the property since 1995. And since then, the building has failed inspections four different years since 2008. And in 2014, the city noted that the heating was out of service, clocking the temperature in the bedroom at 40 degrees. For some perspective, that's the same temperature as a refrigerator. And if you think that's chilly, this time, it's worse.

JOSEPH WHITE: My room temperature, the last time the inspectors took it, was 28 degrees. I had to move my bed into the living room to use my heaters to maintain heat.

MARISSA PARRA: White says even though he's unemployed, he still makes rent. And even if he hadn't, there is no excuse.

JOSEPH WHITE: This is illegal. It's crazy. No one should have to live this way. Regardless if you are current [INAUDIBLE] or not, it's inhumane, and I'm not having it.