Sunday, August 23, 2015

Indy Housing Authority Abruptly Halts Rent Subsidies For Section 8 Tenants In Apartment Complex Put Into Receivership & Facing Foreclosure; Approx. 30 Residents Face The Boot

In Indianapolis, Indiana, WXIN-TV Channel 59 reports:
  • Thursday afternoon some residents at the Wyckford Commons apartments along 10th Street on the city’s west side said they were frustrated and wanted answers.

    Upset residents pay their rent with Section 8 vouchers and recently got notice that they’d have to move soon because the complex is now in the foreclosure process.

    The Indianapolis Housing Agency said the issue affects roughly 30 occupants at the complex.

    “We’ve been there for about two or three weeks maybe,” said Brian Faulkner. Faulkner says he, his wife, and four kids found everything but the welcome mat in the few weeks they’ve called Wyckford Commons home. “They’re telling us it’s nothing they can do, it’s out of their hands,” he said.

    His wife got a notice from the Indianapolis Housing Agency in the mail yesterday, saying the family’s got to move. The complex is in the process of foreclosure, and IHA said Section 8 vouchers can’t be used in that case to pay the rent.

    “It’s not common and it happens occasionally,” said Bud Myers, executive director of the Indianapolis Housing Agency. “It’s common sense if a place is in foreclosure, you don’t have an owner.”(1)

    Myers said it’s possible some voucher recipients could stay, but it’s too soon to tell. He said anyone managing the property must be in compliance with Section 8 program requirements.

    Jennifer Kinsey, an executive with Louisville-based PMR companies, said they were appointed receiver a few weeks back ahead of the foreclosure process. Kinsey said via e-mail:

    PMR would gladly allow these residents to stay at Wyckford Commons, however we have been told by the section 8 office they cannot continue at Wyckford Commons due to the receivership order. PMR manages other properties that do participate in the section 8 program, and we’ve told section 8 we are happy to work with each of these tenants to provide transfers to our other managed properties, at no cost to the tenant.

    “We went through hell and high water just to get where we are now,” said Faulkner, “I need some answers. Faulkner says his kids just got back in school, and he doesn’t want to move. But it looks like he may not have a choice.

    Myers said for the people affected, IHA first advises that they do not panic. They can bring foreclosure notices to the IHA and receive a new voucher for a place that does participate in the program.
Source: Frustrated residents say they’re being forced out of apartments.
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(1) This is a patently ridiculous statement; maybe he was misquoted, but if he actually said this, he should be shamed and excoriated. If a place is in foreclosure, it still has the same owner, who continues owning the property until the foreclosure process is complete and the premises is sold at a foreclosure sale.

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