Tossed out Vancouver families get landlord apology

Residents in 16 apartments told to be out by end of year for renovations

Courtyard Village in Vancouver, Dec. 8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Courtyard Village in Vancouver, Dec. 8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — The community is stepping up to help 16 families who received notices to terminate tenancy from their Vancouver apartment because renovations were planned for their low-income housing.

Daniel and Marie Manson told KOIN 6 News on Monday they don’t know where they will go with their four children, or what they will do, after being told they need to move out of their unit in the Courtyard Village Apartments in Vancouver by Dec. 31.

But a special meeting is set for Tuesday evening at the Washington Elementary School to help the families figure out what to do.

Courtyard Village in Vancouver, Dec. 8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Courtyard Village in Vancouver, Dec. 8, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

“If I were to find out I’d have nowhere to go with my children in a month, I’d be panicking,” said Carla Feltz, a family community resource coordinator with Washington Elementary in Vancouver.

“We want to give peace of mind to these families, that there are people in the community who want to support.”

Feltz is bringing in community housing experts to meet with families who could be homeless by the end of this month.

Tenants told KOIN 6 News residents in 16 apartments at Courtyard Village Apartments received notice from the new management on Dec. 2 they had to be out by the end of the month.

The former manager of the apartments — who left in mid-November — told KOIN 6 News about those residents.

“A lot of the residents there went from being homeless to now barely being able to pay their bills but still becoming self-sufficient,” the ex-manager said. “But not to the point where they have savings or where they can just move at the drop of a dime.”

KOIN 6 News contacted John O’Neil, the executive vice president of MF Parc Central, which owns the property. He issued a statement to KOIN 6 News:

We purchased The Courtyard apartments in November with the goal of renovating as quickly as possible. When these improvements are complete, the apartments will provide a much safer, cleaner and healthier place for Vancouver families to live. We are sensitive to the fact that the renovation process creates uncertainty for current tenants as they seek new places to live and are aware that there are community-based services involved to help with any issues related to this transition.   We intend to work with tenants on a case-by-case basis to assist with issues as they secure new housing options. We apologize for this disruption but ultimately the improvements we are making will create better, safer housing for families in the Vancouver community.

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