Families in public housing getting pushed out of their homes are now threatening legal action after the Greenville Housing Authority is a no-show up to a meeting with neighbors.
It was supposed to be an afternoon meeting to clear up confusion.
5 ladies around conference table in Greenville attorney Fletcher Smith’s office represented more than 50 Greenville families in scattered site public housing who are now being forced to move in just 60 days.
The problem according to the Housing Authority is that the tenants are living in homes too big for their family size, like 3 people in a 4 bedroom home.
When they got the notice last week, there were a number of questions left unanswered for tenant, Rachel Boyd.
“I want to get understand as to WHY the 51 families are leaving. Why we are not getting assistance,” she questioned.
Why now when it’s been a problem that even the Greenville Housing Authority says has been ignored for years? Why now when affordable housing is scarce in a growing community and section 8 living is increasingly competitive? These are questions that didn’t get answers, Monday.
“It’s evidence that they don’t care. They aren’t here today,” said Boyd.
Attorney and former State Representative Fletcher Smith said our report was a call for him to take action…
“These people need to have this explained to them because they are under threat of being thrown out of their house without any resources,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d have to represent these people legally. I thought we could sit down at the table [and] resolve this matter friendly and peacefully without any type of litigation.”
Now, Smith says he’s pulling out all the legal stops by threatening federal housing complaints and lawsuits if something doesn’t happen, and soon.
“We want to get to the bottom of this,” said Smith.
As for Boyd and the rest of the families, they are pleading for understanding.
“All I’m asking you is to have some compassion, to think about us, [and] to consider us because we do matter,” said Boyd.
7 On Your Side went directly to the housing authority office to get answers, Monday. We were told they were not doing interviews and would call to schedule an appointment.