Tenants Say They Don’t Know Where Rental Assistance Goes – WSB-TV Channel 2

Tenants Say They Don’t Know Where Rental Assistance Goes – WSB-TV Channel 2

Metro Atlanta tenants are talking about what they call the lack of money for rental assistance.

They say that the rental funds issued by the state have not been paid and this is a problem that has been going on for months.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Ashli ​​Lincoln I learned that it is not just about one tenant, it is a problem that affects many families.

The state shows that the money is paid, but the owners and tenants say they do not receive the money.

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Some tenants, such as Ife Madyun, are now facing eviction because of this situation. She has received a notice of release, but says it cannot happen.

“This is absolutely, positively, (not) an option,” Madyun said. “I don’t have a job, I can’t apply for another apartment.”

She says she and other Atlanta subway tenants are facing evictions after state-issued rental assistance funds disappeared.

“The leasing office says there are about 30 to 40 people still waiting for checks. What are we doing? ”Madyun said.

She says she asked for help after she was fired.

Her complex, Vesta Adams Park Apartments in East Point, should receive funding directly from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

The state’s online portal shows that the state paid Madyun’s application for rent in April and May, but a look at her apartment’s portal shows that the money was not paid.

Other tenants resonate on social media and share their frustrations. A tenant said it was five months before the payments were received.

Madyun says her leasing office has been transparent and helpful in trying to understand this.

WSB-TV has found that the complex is owned by Virginia-based Middleburg Communities. They sent us a statement, partly saying:

“We have worked hard with rental assistance programs, as well as with our residents to facilitate payments. Evacuation is a last resort after all other options have been exhausted. “

I also sent an e-mail to the regional director of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. They said they were looking into the allegations.

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The company told Madyun that although the failed payment was not her fault, she had to formally evict him by law.

The company said it intends to work with tenants to resolve the issue to avoid eviction.

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