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Western Manor residents organizing tenant association

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SOUTH BEND, Ind – Residents at Western Manor are taking steps in their effort to improve conditions at Western Apartments in South Bend. 

The newly formed Western Manor hosted another meeting Thursday evening with residents and local organizations to discuss how move forward in their effort. 

“My goal is to get you safely housed so that way you’re not vulnerable to the elements of being homeless,” Western Manor resident Shacarra Lloyd said. 

The ongoing issue is Western Manor under new management raised the rent for tenants in some cases by over 40 percent which many residents said they can’t afford and the substandard living conditions in many units. 

The University of Notre Dame Clinical Law Center is assisting many residents who are choosing to move and helping residents find funding to catch up on their newly increased rent. 

“There’s been some movement we got some folks resettled we’ve also been able to work with Western Manor to help some people get caught on their rent,” University of Notre Dame Law Professor Judy Fox said. 

Fox said the ultimate goal is to help tenants improve their situation. 

“I would like tenants to understand what their rights are and I would like tenants to have more rights,” Fox said. 

The next Western Manor Tenant Association meeting will be held October 3rd. 

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JohnChubb 24 days ago
Western Manor residents organizing tenant association, this is great University of Notre Dame Clinical Law Center, but this is just a small part of the issue in this county, again I direct you to Https://abc57.com/news/abc57-investigates-south-bend-eviction-rate-3-times-the-national-average-
Also, I want to ask Judy Fox and renters to a Facebook group for up to date info at "South Bend Mishawaka and St. Joseph County Indiana Renters" let's work together and stop this from happening to good tenants. I have PTSD, I was not in the military but experienced a lot of trauma, but I would put my life on the line for any soldier who would ever have to deal with such an attack, or issue like these issues renters go through, we don't know who is who!
K 24 days ago
It all boils down to they want to move out the low income fix up the Apts and move in better tenants.. plain and simple the new owners don't want the headaches that plague low income housing..

Look at what happened to the Apts on Jefferson the cops were there multiple times during the day and night gunfire, shootings, stabbings, drug dealing etc.
The new owners evicted the riff raff fixed up the Apts and I don't think the cops have been there once since the new owners took over
MX 24 days ago
This entire story, from the beginning, has been some of the worst reporting I have ever seen. Let's just review the bits and pieces they have given us: 1. The complex was sold to a new owner. 2. New owner needs to increase rates. 3. Current conditions in the units are very poor. 4. After a rate increase residents may be homeless.

All the info is there, it's just been presented in a very one-sided manner, omitting reality. If you can't put the pieces together, I'll go ahead and help you out. Previous ownership mismanaged the property. The property was losing money, the units were in disrepair. New owners come in, see the conditions and decide to improve them. This costs money, rent must go up. Tenants freak out, cannot afford the hike, can't afford to move. That means this property was one of the lowest cost places in the area. So low it couldn't be sustained. Maybe everyone wants the rent to stay low, the units to stay borderline condemned, and eventually have the place shuttered. Writing a piece to trigger emotion, i guess, is so much better than logic and fact.
CraigDifley MX 23 days ago
Many of these residents participate in the poverty industry: buy here pay here; rent to own and payday loans. Financial literacy is not a high priority in public schools.
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