Some Cherry Tree Residents say they're being wrongly evicted

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12 at six o'clock/ Oct. 3, 2013

Augusta,Ga---20 families down and hundreds still to go at the Cherry Tree Crossing. Demolition on the public housing complex is set to begin next year. The Augusta Housing Authority has to move everyone out and not everyone is happy with the process.

Some say they're being kicked out too soon but leaders tell News12 they have a good reason for that.

Turned over couches and empty boxes by the garbage are signs Cherry Tree Residents are moving out. For some, it's happening a lot quicker than they thought.

"It's really confusing, but I can't give up because I have children," said Cherry Tree Resident Shayla Mitchell.

As her youngest plays, Shayla Mitchell is trying to find out how she'll pay for a new place. She's being evicted for not paying her bills. She says these hospital papers show she was having a miscarriage in the hospital when the money was due.

"You are giving birth but it's nothing there after. The baby is dead," said Mitchell.

Raven Browner has her new place picked out. browner says she had 30 days to move, but has yet to receive her voucher.

"Some people are getting evicted and the process is just taking a long time. I'm still waiting to move," said Browner.

We went looking for answers for both women and all the other families with questions. We've learned so far twenty families have been moved out and four people were evicted just this week.

"We're in the business of housing people not evicting," said Planning and Development Director Richard Arfman.

He told News12 anyone who's evicted is kicked out of the system and won't get a dime for relocation. Each lease states if you break the rules, you could be kicked out in 30 days.

You could also be given a seven day notice. Living on the streets has become a frightening reality for Mitchell and her four kids.

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