Vanessa Collins is so fed up with not being valued as a tenant at Astoria Apartments on East Paulding Road, she's moving out after six years.
"For me, the owner could do better. That's the bottom line because it starts at the top. That way, management can do their job," she says.
She considers herself one of the lucky ones, though, since she knows some of her neighbors continue to deal with problems like raw sewage, mold, leaks, and mildew in their units.
"Management can only do so much because it's not their property. So when the owner is not putting money in the property and valuing you as a tenant then you have no choice but to take your money elsewhere," she says.
"Any tenant should live in safe and decent and sanitary conditions. So we're obviously very concerned about what has happened," George Guy says.
GUY IS THE CEO OF THE FORT WAYNE HOUSING AUTHORITY, WHICH HAS HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER CLIENTS IN ABOUT 50 APARTMENTS IN THE ASTORIA COMPLEX.
HE SAYS ANNUAL INSPECTIONS OF THOSE UNITS HAVE FOUND NO ISSUES, AND SAID THERE WOULD BE A SPOT INSPECTION THURSDAY TO ENSURE THAT.
HE SAYS PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING SHOULD CALL 211 OR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, BUT HE ACKNOWLEDGES THERE'S A SHORTAGE.
"Although there is a number of housing available, some of the housing is out of stock and inadequate. And so they may be faced with that problem in terms of their pursuit to find additional affordable housing," he says.
"This apartment complex is in a nice neighborhood with nice housing additions. You would want people to see your property's value as the other houses. And then it's on Paulding Street where everybody passes by. So they know this is an eyesore, they know it could be better, but for me the owner chooses not to invest in their property and the tenants that live in it. So I'm going to move back into my house," Collins says.
Neighborhood Code Compliance issued on-site citations there Tuesday afternoon.
Management has ten days to respond to those.