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10/31/05

Tenants Want Help And Answers From Landlord

Armed with rakes, wheelbarrows, and garbage bags, the tenants at Edgewood Manor Apartments are cleaning up the complex because they say the management won't do it. They say since the hurricane hit, they've pretty much fended for themselves.

"The manager haven't done his part or kept up his word what he was supposed to do for us. We had a meeting three weeks ago, and he told us he was not gonna give us no vouchers. He wasn't gonna give us no place to stay. We're on our own," says Josie Neely.

A group of Washington and New York attorneys working with local lawyers have taken up their cause.

Attorney Trisha Miller of Washington, D.C. says, "For a month after the storm, trash pickup was on hold. So you can see some of the conditions have improved, but we're concerned about the health and the toxic conditions."

The attorneys are trying to calm fears that the tenants will be kicked out.

"A formal process is required before any tenants can be evicted, in particular because this is a HUD section eight housing project. So in addition to state and local laws, there are federal regulations that the owner and management have to follow."

For long time tenants like Lillie White, this damaged apartment is the only home she has. She finally got a tarp to cover her open roof two weeks ago.

"The manager or HUD or nobody ain't come to see what shape the apartments in, like they're not concerned. They just left and haven't seen them. It's just the way it seems like they really have forgotten everybody out here," White says.

No manager was on the property while we were there Monday. Southland Management in Jackson oversees the apartments. Manager Bill Mayes did not return our two phone calls.

byMarcia Hill

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