Greensboro Residences Energy Outage Has Unintended Penalties, Reveals Alleged Medicaid Program | Native information
In later conversations with tenants, Byerly said he found out that some of them lived there conditionally under the Ready 4 Change and United Youth Care Services umbrella – and felt trapped by their circumstances.
Of the 35 displaced tenants, it is unclear exactly how many took part in the program.
But 17 people were forced to spend Thursday night in an emergency shelter set up by the Interactive Resource Center, which supports the homeless.
Byerly invited Michelle Kennedy, a city council member and executive director of the Resource Center, to see the Georgetown apartments.
In some units, Kennedy said she found signed contracts and other documents detailing the program’s rules and regulations. Plastered on the wall in one unit: “If you do not attend class every day, the rent is US $ 350 without exception!” On another: “All customers MUST go to class or leave the premises during class!”
The inspection sounded familiar to Kennedy. She had seen something similar in other apartments across town in the past few months.
“This is a really critical point that we as a city need to address when people with Medicaid and substance abuse problems are being bullied by people who are service providers,” said Kennedy.