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To: Millennia Housing Management (MHM) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Relocate Forest Cove Residents Now!

Forest Cove is a 396-unit project-based Section 8 housing complex in Atlanta, GA. For years, it has been allowed to deteriorate and fall into a state of severe disrepair. Millennia Housing Management (MHM) has been in control of the property since the start of 2018. MHM claims that it intends to purchase and rehabilitate the property, however the process has been moving at a snail's pace while residents continue to live in uninhabitable units. No one from Millennia or HUD has been able to explain in concrete terms why the projected closing date keeps shifting, delaying the renovation and temporary relocation of residents as a result. Forest Cove residents have had enough.

We, the undersigned, stand with Forest Cove tenants and support their demands, which are:

1. That HUD expedite the pass-through leasing process for Forest Cove residents. We want the process to begin in no more than 60 days.

2. That all residents who would like to return after the renovation receive the right to return at full affordability.

3. That between now and the start of the renovation, residents receive the grounds-keeping and maintenance services that they need to remain comfortable while they wait to be relocated.

4. That a security company be hired to keep residents safe between now and the completion of the relocation.

Why is this important?

Residents have had enough. Valaire Wimby has lived in Forest Cove for over 40 years. “There are a lot of rats, we get roaches, we get mold, mildew. My neighbor next door, the wood is all rotten. Piles of trash lay out in the walkway. The buildings are condemned,” she says. “I’ve seen it all, and by the grace of God I’m still here.”

Marchella Heard, another Forest Cove Resident, says "Living in Forest Cove has been horrific. My kids can’t play outside. The floor is caving in, the walls are coming down, my apartment is falling down around me.”

We are submitting this petition to supplement and support the petition that was delivered to MHM, HUD, and several elected officials and signed by over 100 Forest Cove residents. The original petition text is below:

TO:
Millennia Housing Management, Ltd. (MHM)
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms
Chief Housing Officer Terri Lee
Fulton County Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr.
GA State Representative David Dreyer
GA State Senator Nan Orrock
U.S. Representative Nikema Williams
U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock
U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff

We, the undersigned residents of Forest Cove Apartments, have been waiting for our living conditions to improve for years. When MHM took over the property and expressed its plan to renovate it, we were hopeful that we would finally see some positive changes. However, it has been years, and still nothing has changed.

We have been told that before the renovation can begin, MHM must first purchase Forest Cove from its current owner, Global Ministries Foundation (GMF). However, whenever MHM gives us a timeline, the dates shift. We understand that the closing process may be long and complicated, but we are unable to wait any longer for our situation to improve. As this process drags on, residents continue to languish in inhumane conditions.

It is shameful that so many of us have injuries and health problems from our units. Years after MHM took over the management of Forest Cove from GMF, we are still dealing with broken appliances, rats, mold, leaks, and structurally unsound units. No human deserves to live like this.

The top priority of MHM and HUD should be to ensure that all residents are able to live comfortably and safely. We do not believe that MHM or HUD are approaching this situation with the urgency that it requires.

We are demanding:
1. That HUD expedite the pass-through leasing process. We want the process to begin in no more than 60 days.

2. That all residents who would like to return after the renovation receive the right to return at full affordability.

3. That between now and the start of the renovation, residents receive the groundskeeping and maintenance services that we need to remain comfortable while we wait to be relocated.

4. That a security company be hired to keep residents safe between now and the completion of the relocation.

We are asking our city, county, and state officials for your support. Hopefully this process will be able to speed up with your awareness and urging.

Sincerely,

The Tenants of Forest Cove Apartments

900 New Town Cir SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, USA

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Reasons for signing

  • Our neighbors deserve a decent, safe and healthy place to live. We need our elected officials to take a stand and help. Our signatures can amplify this message.

Updates

2021-02-26 19:24:55 -0500

100 signatures reached

2021-02-25 18:44:25 -0500

50 signatures reached

2021-02-23 18:44:23 -0500

25 signatures reached

2021-02-18 21:38:44 -0500

10 signatures reached