Local Residents Without Rent Face Eviction Amid Government Shutdown

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During the government shutdown funding for residents on HUD is on lockdown. 

Residents at the Lindenwood Apartments in Alma are now being told they are responsible for coming up with their rent payment.

If it’s not paid by January 20, they’ll be evicted.

“If we had that kind of money we wouldn’t be having to live where we got help,” said Anonymous Resident.

“Coming up with the money is going to be difficult, coming up with the money in little over a week, you just can’t do it,” said Low Income Housing Recipient, Gerard Chaffee.

Gerard Chaffee is just one of the many residents without work and no place to turn.

“I have no means of transportation, I have limited physical ability, I’m not going anywhere. I certainly cannot obtain a job,” said Chaffee.

For a couple of years, government assistance has been the only reason he has been able to keep a roof over his head.

“I’ve worked too hard the past couple of years trying to get myself out of being homeless. It seems a shame over an issue like this that instead of banning together we’re causing friction and not being friendly,” said Chaffee.

Many other residents at the complex now on high alert as they await an eviction notice.

“It’s kind of hard to sleep at night not knowing what’s gonna happen, the anxiety really does come out,” said anonymous.

Especially when there’s nowhere to go or turn to for help. 

“The bottom line is come [January] the 20th I don’t know what’s going to happen on the 21st,” said Chaffee.

After we visited the complex Chaffee said managers of Lindenwood released a new note saying they will work with residents to make sure rent can be paid.

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