Local News

Residents evicted from Garner apartment complex fear homelessness

Posted June 7

— In just over a week, the remaining residents of a Garner apartment complex will have to be out of their homes, although many families still have nowhere to go.

The new owner of Forest Hills Apartments, on 7th Avenue, plans to renovate the property and won't accept any form of housing assistance payments when the complex reopens. Individuals and families in all 136 apartments must move out by June 15.

Forty-six units are still occupied, and many residents have not found new homes.

"I know I gotta get up out of here, but it just came on me all of a sudden," said Karryen Leach. "I never would have thought it would have happened but it did."

Wake County leaders and other local officials have joined together to help those families in need.

"We have an Uber driver who is driving these citizens to find apartments. We've had a moving company who is moving folks out of these apartments, and we've even had a realtor who has helped find these families additional housing," said Sig Hutchinson, with the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

But with the lack of affordable housing in the county, many are still getting nowhere.

"If we had more time...it would be easier to house these people over time, but 139 units in this type of market, is very difficult to find," said Hutchinson.

Leach is hoping for some sort of solution soon because she has no idea what next week will bring.

"I'm feeling like now, what I have to do, is go and stay in the shelter. But I don't want to be there. I don't want to be there," she said.

Anyone who has or knows of available housing for the Forest Hills residents is asked to call the Wake County Housing Division at 919-856-5689.


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Eric Davis Jun 8, 3:41 p.m.
    user avatar

    Sounds like they were given 90 days. A reasonable amount of time. The irony though is the majority of the tenants support the liberal Dems running Raleigh which have again failed their constituency by over looking affordable housing and pandered to the liberal elite.

  • Larry Price Jun 8, 3:20 p.m.
    user avatar

    View quoted thread

    one of the articles below says that they received notice in mid-march.

  • Teddy Fowler Jun 8, 8:36 a.m.
    user avatar

    Happens when you procrastinate.... but of course the article doesn't say when the residents were notified about having to move out....

  • Chiqi Torres Jun 7, 9:33 p.m.
    user avatar

    The problem is not a lack of affordable housing. It's a lack of people wanting to work. The people who own the property have every right to run their business as they see fit - they worked for it and paid for it.

  • Chad Stinner Jun 7, 5:32 p.m.
    user avatar

    The unfortunate issue here is not affordable housing is that "affordable housing" typically comes with a lot of side effects that come from lower income rentals. There are a lot of reasons but the fact is crime is worse, people don't maintain or live cleanly... and this rental company probably got tired of the costs involved with it.