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Residents forced out of affordable housing complex in Garner

Posted March 29
Updated March 30

— Residents who are being forced to move out of their Garner Apartment Complex are meeting Wednesday night to discuss their options.

Two weeks ago, residents of the Forest Hill Apartments on 7th Avenue walked out to find notices on their doors that they would have to move out by April 30 due to renovations.

The paper also stated that the new owner would no longer be taking any form of housing assistance.

Most of the current residents in the complex rely on assistance and now they feel they have nowhere to turn.

"We don’t have a lot of section 8 communities to choose from," said Cecilia Ebron. "So, will another realtor go into another community and push those people out?"

Ebron moved into the community with her elderly mother five years ago.

Residents like Ebron hope to come out of the meeting with answers and a little more peace of mind than they had before.

The county has come to an agreement with the property owner, and residents will have until June 15 to move out.


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  • Chiqi Torres Jun 7, 9:32 p.m.
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    Housing is not a god-given right, which lots of folks seem to forget. There are LOTS of jobs available, and if people are willing to do what it takes they can get a job and get a home. ANYBODY. Our handouts system has made too many people lazy and entitled.

  • Johnny Grindstaff Mar 30, 4:16 p.m.
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    According Affordablehousingonline for Garner:

    "There are 15 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 1,347 subsidized apartments for rent in Garner, North Carolina. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 177 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 136 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Garner. There are 498 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families."

    Sometimes when you're supported by the taxpayers, you have to settle for what is available, and there seems to be plenty in Garner. SE Raleigh is right down the road also.

  • Matt Smithe Mar 30, 10:01 a.m.
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    What is the alternative? Force an owner to give up his property rights? It may be a compelling story as presented by WRAL but feelings don't override rights.

  • Ed Ray Mar 30, 8:05 a.m.
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    it sounds like people should start looking for jobs to pay their rent. The people that can not work will be able to get the help they need.