Wake Commissioner: Help Is On the Way for Residents of Subsidized Apartment Complex in Garner Who Will Soon See Their Rents Hiked

Wake Commissioner: Help Is On the Way for Residents of Subsidized Apartment Complex in Garner Who Will Soon See Their Rents Hiked

Wake County officials have begun efforts to help residents of a Garner subsidized apartment complex who face drastically increased rents and possible eviction.

Commissioners first got word of the situation Monday when activist Octavia Rainey led a group of more than two dozen residents of Forest Hills Apartments to voice complaints at a Board of Commissioners meeting. ECP LLC, a Chapel Hill company, has sent letters to residents to let them know that they must either start paying market-rate rent on April 1—as much as five times the subsidized cost—or move out of the apartments.

County commissioner Greg Ford said Wednesday that the situation at Forest Hills apartments demands attention from his fellow elected officials and from staff at various county departments.

“First and foremost, there’s an immediate need,” Ford told the INDY.…

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