Durham Herald-Sun - Nonprofit assisting Lincoln Apartments residents

11/12/2012

DURHAM – Housing for New Hope, a local nonprofit that helps homeless people find permanent housing, is helping residents forced to move from financially troubled Lincoln Apartments find new housing.

Terry Allebaugh, executive director of the nonprofit, said Sunday that Housing for New Hope will match up to $5,000 in community donations to help the apartment complex’s remaining tenants with housing deposits, rent and utilities.

“That would give us at least $10,000 to help the remaining tenants,” Allebaugh said. “We’re hoping the community responds so we can help them all.” 

Allebaugh said he believes 20 more households in the complex still need assistance. The majority of the 150 families that lived there have found other housing on their own. 

He said Housing for New Hope volunteers with trucks helped two families move from the complex last week and will assist at least three more this week.

“We have about 20 other tenants who might need some help moving,” Allebaugh said. “We will help them with that and we’ll also be helping them find apartments that they can afford.” 

Allebaugh said the crisis at Lincoln Apartments highlights a need in Durham. “We need more affordable housing options,” Allebaugh said.

Lincoln residents were told in September that the complex would close due to financial problems.

And while residents were initially told they had to leave by the end of October, the apartment complex’s management has recently said it’s open to allowing the remaining tenants to live their month-to-month until the end of the year provided they are current on their rent. 

The 150-unit apartment complex is owned by the Lincoln Hospital Foundation Inc.

The foundation’s bylaws call for it to transfer its property to the Durham Housing Authority or another nonprofit group if it goes out of business. 

Its leaders offered the apartment complex to the Durham Housing Authority (DHA) last year, but DHA turned it down out of fear of having to shoulder a massive renovation bill.

Durham Rescue Mission founder Ernie Mills told The Herald-Sun earlier this month that he’s been talking to the Lincoln Foundation about his organization perhaps acquiring the apartment complex. 

Anyone wanting to help Housing for New Hope assist Lincoln residents can mail checks to Housing for New Hope, 18 W. Colony Place, Suite 250, Durham NC, 27705. Donations are tax deductible.

Volunteers and trucks are also needed to help move tenants to new locations. 

Contact Cynthia Harris at 919-323-2805 or cynthia@housingfornewhope.org.


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