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March 29
​Wake County Leaders Meet with Garner Apartment Residents to Address Affordable Housing Concerns

Wake County commissioners, local leaders and housing authority representatives met tonight with residents of an apartment complex in Garner who are in search of affordable housing after receiving notices earlier this month that they may face eviction.

The owner of Forest Hills Apartments plans to renovate the property and will not accept any form of housing assistance payments when it reopens. Individuals and families in all 136 apartments must move out by June 15.

 

“There is a short and critical period of time to find alternative housing for these families, many of whom are at risk of not having roofs over their heads,” said Sig Hutchinson, board chairman. “Wake County is helping bring all of the partner agencies together to give these residents direct access to the experts and resources they need during this transition.”

 

This evening, more than 60 people gathered at Wake Baptist Grove Church to discuss the situation and learn more about available assistance. The partner agencies are working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to coordinate an upcoming housing resource event for the Forest Hills residents.

 

The issue was brought to the attention of the Wake County Board of Commissioners during the public comment session at its regular meeting on March 20. Forest Hills tenants, many of whom receive rental assistance, said they got a 45-day notice that their leases would be terminated on April 30, 2017. Following a discussion with Chairman Hutchinson, the property owner agreed to move the termination date to June 15 and leave rent rates unchanged during that timeframe.

 

Most of the affected Forest Hills residents receive housing assistance through HUD, which is administered by local housing authorities. In this situation, Wake County is serving as the convener, bringing together the appropriate government agencies, housing authorities and community partners to coordinate relocation assistance for Forest Hills residents.

 



 

 

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