BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hundreds of low-income families will be forced to move out of their apartments come October 1. With only a five month notice, many tenants are concerned they won’t find a place to live.
Monday, Norstar Development USA, L.P. held a meeting to update residents on their living situation.
172 families will be forced to move out of their Shoreline Apartments, but for the past five years, residents were told they would never be displaced as Norstar would demolish their apartment complex in phases. Now, the company will bulldoze the entire 400 unit complex at once which will leave tenants scrambling to find affordable housing on short notice.
The development company said they are working with residents to make sure no family will be homeless.
“We’re stepping in right now and helping them so we’re going to be stepping and helping them all the way to find places,” said Linda Goodman, Vice President, Norstar Development USA, L.P.
Although the company said they will assist resident, many of them aren’t buying it.
Some tenants have lived in these apartments for over 30 years and they said the affordable housing in Buffalo comes with a one to five year waiting list. Security deposits, first and last months rent is also required which is money they just don’t have.
“This is an outrage, this is an abomination, that’s what it is. They don’t care about us poor people,” said Reva McDuffie and Judy Clark, long-time tenants.
During a resident meeting Monday night, tenants were not happy and most of them walked out, abruptly ending the meeting. They said their questions are still not being answered.
“It’s the same B.S. we’ve been getting. I can’t believe this lady since last July. If they would have told us this last July I would have had an apartment, not two weeks ago,” said Michael Morehouse, tenant.
Residents believe the new apartments will be for the rich and not low-income families, but Norstar said that’s not true and against the rules.