$10000 awarded to apartment resident/Riverside Apartments crisis

Kingsley Village residents speaking with Cobb County Chairman Mike Boyce and SCLC president Dr. Ben Williams (Monica DeLancy)
Update on Friday March 1st a Kingsley village resident was awarded $10000 in court on an eviction counter claim . Monday February 18th residents from Hunters Grove, and Kingsley Village Apartments attended South Cobb Redevelopment Authority meeting and spoke about Riverside apartment crisis. AJC and Marietta Daily Journal ran updated stories about the apartment crisis on Friday February 21st and Monday February 25th and March 2nd featured We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association, and testimony from residents at Parkview and Kingsley Village Apartments The week of February 25th Representative Sharon Cooper introduces HB 346 bill passed in legislation to stop landlords from retaliation against residents who are "whistle blowers". Commissioner Lisa Cupid and special assistant to Cobb Chairman . Michael Murphy attended hearings. On Monday February 25th We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association hosted a resource connection section at Premier Learning Academy, in attendance was Cobb County community affairs officers, precinct commander Craig Owens, Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid and Mr. Michael Murphy. Commissioner Cupid passed out apartment inspection forms, Monica Delancy provided resource sheets to residents. February 26th, We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association attended Cobb County Board of Commissioners meeting and spoke about HB346, housing concerns in the Riverside Community On February 27th Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce visited residents at Kingsley Village and was joined by SCLC, school social workers, Austell Community Taskforce and We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association. February 28th the manager of the 3 apartments complexes hosted a meeting with the residents and communicated updates about the property March 7th code violation hearing for the 3 apartment complexes at 9am at Cobb County magistrate court at 9am. Hello, I hope all is well. This email will provide updates about the 3 apartment complexes on Riverside Parkway who have received 85 code violations. The hearing for the code violations have were set for December 2018, the owners were granted a reset and January 31st the owners received a continuance. The code violations are for the outside of the property, however residents have complaints about the conditions of their apartment. Residents were frustrated about the hearings reset and We Thrive in Riverside in Renters Association and SCLC held a press conference on February 7th. The Atlanta journal constitution and the Cobb County Courier ran stories about the apartments on February 7, February 8, and February 9. Residents attended Cobb County Board of Commissioners meeting on February 12th, residents spoke during public comment. AJC and Cobb County Courier provide updated articles about the apartment complex on February 12th Residents attended the Marietta Housing Authority board meeting on February 13th and spoke during public comment. Marietta housing authority provides subsidies to about 50 families who reside at the 3 properties. the amount they provide on monthly averages $40,000 a month. On Monday February 18, at 9am the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority will host their monthly board meeting. There will be an opportunity for public comment. The South Cobb Redevelopment Authority have been tasked with the redevelopment efforts for the Riverside/Six Flags Community. They acquired the Magnolia Apartments in 2015 and have torn the apartments SCRA board meeting February 18 at 9am Mable House Center 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, Georgia We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association provides resources for renters and encourage renters to be leaders. The Riverside community is occupied by 55 percent of residents who are renters. The apartment complexes in the area with the most issues are the older apartments, and have high turnover in management and ownership in the last 5 years. Residents are paying $800-$1200 a month for rent, which is more than 50 percent of their household. This issue about maintenance at multi family complexes is not a Riverside Issue this is a Cobb issue. Housing for people who make less than $24,000 year is not provided, yet there are companies in Cobb County that pay less than $24,000 a year. Marietta Housing authority provides only 5000 vouchers a year for housing, the wait list is not open and when it opens it is a 2 year or more wait if you are lucky enough to get on the list. Thank You, Monica DeLancy

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