Durant low-income complex losing federal assistance

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

DURANT, Okla. -- An apartment complex in Durant is losing its federal assistance, meaning low income families there will no longer receive help with rent. Now residents say they are being forced to leave. Mystic Matthews has the story from Durant.

Crescent Creek is what is known as a ‘Section 8’ housing complex, meaning low income families can qualify for lower rent, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, OR ‘HUD’ pays the difference.

Now, HUD is pulling its contract with the complex.

Those three inspections, HUD says, Crescent Creek failed because they weren't up to standards, but employee Susan Harritt disagrees.

"My property is in great shape. We are not unsanitary and unsafe. I've got a petition signed by my residents, stating they want to stay here and I couldn't get that if this was a bad complex.

Without federal help, the families who live here will have to pay full rent or find another place to live.

"We can't stay here and we don't have a choice." Crescent Creek resident & employee Lenora Goff says.

Most tenants at crescent creek like Lenora say they have no choice.

“What are they going to do with us? Where are they going to put us? On the street? Other complexes won’t take us. Everyone else has a waiting list.”

An Oklahoma Housing Finance Authority representative was at the complex on Wednesday handing out vouchers, but not everyone was eligible to receive a voucher, and despite the change in the complex's HUD status, some residents at Crescent Creek say they have no plans to leave.

“This is place is safe. We have a right to chose where we're going and this is where we choose and were not going anywhere. Not going anywhere."

For those families who did receive a voucher, they have until April 1st to stay at Crescent Creek. Employees at the complex say they are they are still renting apartments, and despite the federal funding going away, they still accept vouchers from the Choctaw Nation.


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  • by laura Location: sherman tx on May 22, 2008 at 01:12 PM
    To Karen; Life is hard , how dare you judge someone you don't know. The housing authority is for families who need assistance and not everybody can afford to go to college. Some people have to work right now so that they can feed their children. It is not easy raising a family and sometimes bad things happen to good people. I bet you had family to help you out when you first started out. Some people are all on their own and don't have the luxury of family to help them. Haven't you heard the expression,"Don't judge a man till you have walked a mile in his shoes." You need a reality check honey! Oh and how much does your husband make to let you take a year off for each child. Well not everybody hasa good man to take care of them. Most of the women recieving help from the gov. are single women trying to raise children alone. They deserve help and deserve respect. So stop judjeing people you don't know. You never know what curve ball life might throw you. One day you might need help think!
  • by Diana Location: Madill on Jan 22, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    Please, if you receive assistance, it should not be in monetary, it should be send directly to the institutions such as HUD, OG&E, Gas Co. no money should EVER change hands, food stamps are OUT of control they should be ONLY for meats, fruits, vegetables, condiments, and dairy procducts, not candy, icecream, cookies, etc, this could all be easily changed, like taking meth ingrediants off the shelves, it just depends on which way authorites make the most in revenue.....give me a break.....
  • by HERE Location: GONE on Jan 21, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    IF YOU CAN AFFORD A COMPUTER THEN YOU CAN AFFORD TO FIND SOME WHERE ELSE TO LIVE AND YOU KNOW WHAT IT DOES MAKE ME SICK THAT PEOPLE GET THERE CHECKS AND THEY BUY BEER AND OTHER STUFF THAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THEN PAYING THE BILLS LIKE EVERY ONE ELSE HAS TO IN THIS COUNTRY AND IF YOUR GETTING ASSISTANCE THEN GET ANTOHER JOB HECK I HAD 2 FULL TIME JOBS AT ONE TIME DID I SLEEP KNOW BUT I DID THIS FOR 3 MONTS AND GUESS WHAT I GOT OUT OF GETTING ASSISTANCE AND GOT ON MY FEET AND LEFT
  • by Fed UP Location: Durant on Jan 20, 2008 at 12:08 AM
    I worked in a store here in Durant and I saw many residents from Cresent Creek come in and cash a check that was suppose to go towards their utilities, however they were using it to buy beer&cigs it made me sick to know they were doing this and getting away with it, up until the banks and us found out what those checks were for and where the money from those checks were suppose to go,We stoped cashing them.How can a receipent of these checks lived with theirselves in such dishonesty knowing they were frauding the state and tax payers.How do they sleep at night? And for those poor people out there that really need the welfare system they can't even get it cause it is bums like those that are keeping them from getting any assistance and that is truely sad. I think the welfare system needs to reevaluate some of these people.And upgrade to the same steps the Social Security System uses.Wefare should be for kids,elderly and disabled not the lazy people,the druggies or alcoholics.GET A LIFE!
  • by durant Location: durant on Jan 19, 2008 at 04:49 PM
    Anonymous in cresent creek-- youre right, the money isnt coming put of working peoples pockets-- it never makes it there. It is taken out of our paychecks in the form of TAXES!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: CRESCENT CREEK on Jan 18, 2008 at 11:46 AM
    First of all to everyone who didnt understand: We were not loosing our assistance. But HUD refused to pay for us to stay here. We were having to go look elsewhere for housing. We were not loosing the funds at all. I myself am glad I now have the chance to get my kids out of this dump and get my kids a house. Now I wont have to be afraid to let my kids play outdoors when the wheather is nice. As for those who keep harping on getting an education. I have one. However I have chosen to furthur mine. I am hoping that in the future I will be able to help someone like I have been helped thus far. Quit complaining people. The money is not comming out of your pockets. You would know that if you had background info on the assistance programs. sweetpea_75446@yahoo.com
  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Jan 18, 2008 at 09:17 AM
    If we didn't pay our monthly house payments, utilities, telephone bill, cell phone, internet, and so on (by ourselves - NO government help) would be on the cold, dark streets. If you want a nice place to live - get an education and get a job - a full time job. Mostly I don't feel sorry for you loosing 'government' funds - because I have been married for 30 years and have worked 26 of those years - only to take a year off with each child WE paid for. No food stamp, not government housing - just working and saving. As far as going to Wal-Mart on "Food stamp" day, trying going in on the first of the month. It is really disgusting to see all the meth/crank users coming in still wearing their PJs, unable to control their own bodily movements, yelling across the store for their dirty children, paying for their eats (I wouldn't call frozen pizza & TV dinners 'food") with food stamps. Those of us who work are tired of supporting you.karensopinion@gmail.com
  • by Anonymous Location: CRESCENT CREEK APTS on Jan 18, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    I truly hope that those of you who judge all of us at this complex will never fall victim to what I have been through. Maybe all of you who like to judge and stereotype people need to go take a college ethics class. Maybe by chance you would learn something. A person should not be judged because wo where they live or how they dress. They should be recognized because of who they are. If u are on the side of the road cause your car broke down should we all just drive on by saying look at that idiot what was he thinking to be out driving that car. The day I moved here from Texas I didnt know this place had a reputation. I found that out later. And as far as your tax dollars footing the bill. I sure do wish you would have paid for my kids clothes this year, would be nice if u were paying for my education and my car as well. You people need to educate yourselves on exactly what us "freeloaders" do get. It surely is not much and you might wake up
  • by clueless Location: U S of A on Jan 17, 2008 at 09:21 PM
    It's the DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA...everyone needs to get a clue!! The hot headlines on TV are about Britney Spears, or the Idiot singers on IDOL...or Are you smarter than a 5th grader? I have a fatal case of Electile Dysfunction this year! Let's all...VOTE...VOTE...VOTE...but for who??? Monica Lewinsky's X boyfriend's wife?? People living in the HUD housing are way more welfare "savvy" regarding getting freebies from the government than anyone that has a decent paying job in the US of A!
  • by bocephus on Jan 17, 2008 at 03:46 PM
    I wonder what the tenants would have to pay per month not being on any kind of assistance? I'm sure it's still cheap, considering that complex looks pretty rough. Kind of reminds me of EVERY apartment complex in Ardmore. Well, except for the one that opened last year, but give it time before the parking lots are covered with little children out in the cold without jackets, shoes, etc. Makes you wonder where people's minds are. I have a friend that's a mailman and you should hear how many people come chasing him down at the first of the month when the welfare checks come out. There's always an excuse every month why someone's needing their check. I really wonder where they go once that check goes once it's in their hands? I'd like to think it's going somewhere that is not a liquor store or crack house. The tell tale signs are too obvious though. Anyone can get a job(if they pass the drug test). People need to get their head right, get a job, and take care of their kids.
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