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Senior apartment residents upset after notified of rent increase


. COULD WANT ON 2 AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN WEST ASHLEY AND SENIOR CITIZENS LIVING THERE MIGHT BE FORCED TO MOVE. SEE WHAT’S BEING DONE TO HELP THEM. THIS GROUP OF SENIORS CAME TO GRAND OAK PARTICIPATES FOR ALL DIFFERENT REASONS . IF YOU LIVE, YOU’RE GOING TO GET OLDER AND DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’LL FACE IN LIFE. NOW THEY’RE CLOSER THAN FRIENDS. THESE PEOPLE HAVE BECOME MY FAMILY. MOSTLY BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE. I LOVE IT HERE. GRAND OAK IS AFFORDABLE SENIOR LIVING, DEVELOPED UNDER THE HUMANITY FOUNDATION. BUT LAST MONTH THE TENANTS AT GRAND OAK RECEIVED THIS LETTER TELLING THEM THE RENT WILL GO UP. SOME WILL SEE RENT GO FROM ABOUT $600 TO A THOUSAND OR MORE. HURTS MY HEART. ANTHONY BLAKE IS A DISABLED VETERAN. WHERE REWE GOING TO GO? — ARE WE GOING TO GO? THE DANGER OUT THERE TO COME INTO A PLACE LIKE THIS HERE SO YOU CAN LIVE IN PEACE AND NOW YOU GOT TO LEAVE. THE LETTER EXPLAINS THEIR OPTIONS, WHICH THE SITES OWNER TRACY DOREN EXPLAINED TO ME. WE’RE IN THE BUSINESS OF HELPING PEOPLE, WHICH IS WHAT WE DO EVERY DAY. IT’LL BE THREE YEARS BEFORE THE RENT INCREASE TAKES PLACE. SO IN THE MEANTIME, A TRANSITION COUNSELOR IS MEETING WITH EACH RESIDENT TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST OPTION FOR THEM. WE PLAN TO MOVE EVERYONE EITHER TO ANOTHER APARTMENT IN A HUMANITY FOUNDATION, A APARTMENT COMPLEX HERE IN CHARLESTON OR ANOTHER. ALL THE APARTMENT BUILDINGS ARE BEING RENOVATED. GRAND OAK IS 18 YEARS OLD. WE HAD TO MAKE DIFFICULT DECISION ON THE RENT THAT HELPS US REPAIR THE PROPERTY AND BRING BACK TO STANDARDS OF SAFE, DE SENT, AFFORDABLE — DECENT AFFORDABLE HOUSE SG OUR MISSION. GRAND OAK IS THE FOUNDATION’S OLDEST PROPERTY AND WAS IN NEED OF THE RENOVATION. THE RENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AT THE LEVEL OF WORK FORCE HOUSING.

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