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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