Housing and Urban Development: Letter sent to low-income apartment tenants should not have gone out

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Residents at an east Bakersfield apartment building are being told that a letter sent by complex management to tenants should never have gone out, 23ABC has learned.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said they are currently processing an application by the management of Woodlane Apartments to have the complex’s federal subsidy renewed. The prior contract for the low-income property expired in October.

In a letter dated Jan. 30, tenants at Woodlane were informed by Genessy Management that as of April 1, they would either need to begin paying market rate for their apartments – or move out.

HUD spokeswoman Gene Gibson said Friday they are demanding that Genessy retract the letter and told 23ABC that residents who qualify for a low-income subsidy will not be left stranded.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Congressman David Valadao’s office said they are working with HUD to expedite the contract renewal process for Woodlane. The office received over 20 calls from concerned tenants, the spokeswoman said.

An attorney for Genessy says HUD is being disingenuous, claiming all the necessary paperwork for contract renewal was filed in January 2013. The attorney said if HUD guarantees that their contract will be renewed within a month, they will retract the letter sent to tenants. 

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