- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Wake County leaders vow better oversight after a man with a mental illness was found without heat in substandard, taxpayer-financed housing.

The News & Observer (http://bit.ly/1dYCNd7 ) reports 23-year-old Dontay Jones and another man lived through the winter in a house without a functioning heater, instead relying on the stove and, at times, space heaters. Jones, who is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, lives under the legal guardianship of Wake County.

Wake County has not required its guardians to visit residences before it places people with disabilities in them. Commissioner Sig Hutchinson said that the county needs to persuade more landlords to accept individuals whose mental health issues may come with criminal records or credit issues.

Wake County has 520 people under its guardianship, with 100 living independently, as Jones did.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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