Not knowing how long they’ll have that roof over their heads tonight, tenants at 1107 Garner Road gathered outside in the rain for the ABC 11 camera. They came armed with the petition signed by each of them – to reverse the movement to get them out.
” What am I going to do ? Where am I going to go? said Josie Banks. “We don’t have money like that. Throwing us out is not fair!
Gloria Colbert added: “You have old people here. Some of them don’t have cars. How are they going to find a place? We want an extended period.”
The new owners of the apartment complex, Trademark Residential, sent letters to residents in mid-May, tenants say, alerting them their leases would not be renewed; renovations were coming; and higher rents too. Rent that many of these low-income residents cannot afford.
The affordable housing crisis in Raleigh was already severe. The real estate boom only makes matters worse. Dozens of Garner Rd. Apartment renters have until the end of June to find new accommodation. New owners are renovating and raising rents, but affordable options are scarce. pic.twitter.com/36MzAIwdrK
– Joel Brown (@ JoelBrownABC11) June 4, 2021
ABC 11 did not get a response to its calls to Trademark Residential property management on Thursday evening. But the crisis on Garner Road is yet another symptom of Raleigh’s biggest affordable housing crisis. It’s only made worse by the current housing boom: Raleigh subway rents are up 6% since last April. Home prices rose 12%.
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“Why are people out of state trying to chase the locals? It’s not just here, it’s everywhere,” said tenant Tequila Peebles. “I meet people at my job from Illinois and New York and it raises our rent. So you all want to push the locals just to welcome these people from the outside.”
Mitchell Stewart added: “Look at the wait time to get an apartment. It’s four to eight months. We have a month.”
Community lawyer Diana Powell was at the scene. She exposes the fate of the tenants to city and county leaders.
“No one wants to be homeless. People are suffering,” said Powell, executive director of NC Justice Served.
Southeast Raleigh City Councilor Corey Branch spoke to ABC 11 by phone about the crisis.
“This is the pressure that (the city) is facing. People sell, look for profit margins, and then the new owners come in and say. ‘Hey, we want to fix this, but people have to move,'” he said. Branch said. “But they have nowhere to go. We have to find some compassion and some balance.”
Powell, a longtime advocate for marginalized residents in the city’s gentrification neighborhoods, said: “We may not be able to solve everyone’s problem, but when our elders are affected and our children are affected. , it’s time to sound the alarm. “
The alarm has been triggered. There are currently email chains on Garner Road that go all the way to the mayor and county commissioners. But time is running out for residents and no response yet.
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