I used to live at River Isle and I am deeply offended at what the Mayor said about the tenants that lived there. I understand that several years ago River Isle had problems with drugs and other criminal activities. But within the last 2 1/2 yrs that I had lived there before LMHA bought it, the place was cleaned up. It was not a problem place for the city of Willoughby anymore.There is no possible way that River Isle still had the “…highest incidences of police calls….”
For recent comparison, two other apartment complexes in the area have needed the assistance of police officers at there complexes at least 10 x’s a WEEK versus maybe 2 x’s a MONTH, if that, at River Isle..It had 42 apts. available to rent, on average, only about 35 stayed rented, give or take a few at different times. Of those 35, I can personally name 28 tenants that have NEVER had the cops called on them & of the remaining 7, 2 were called about only once! River Isle had 5 ” trouble makers”…5 out of 35!
We, the tenants, were the people who were calling on those 5 “trouble makers” so we could get rid of them! We looked out for each other and we cared about where we lived! Many times we even took care of the landscaping ourselves because the property manager wouldn’t!
We improved and repaired what we could inside our apartments because the property manager wouldn’t, unless we called the city officials about it. Many of the apts. had been very nicely renovated and didn’t need any repairs. So please don’t confuse the integrity of the tenants with the incompetency of the property manager! I will agree with the Mayor that we had “a bad landlord”, but we, as a whole, were NOT “trouble makers!”
We are hard working citizens of the city of Willoughby. We were not a “problem” that needed to go away! We were simply low income families trying to make the best of what we had. Where else in Willoughby could you find a 3 bdrm for $650? Or $550 for a 2 bdrm? You simply can’t. Low income is not synonymous with “low-life.” River Isle provided us with a decent home within our financial means. It’s ironic that LMHA is kicking out low income people to put other low income people back in. And the relocation process? Don’t even get me started what a circus that was! It definitely was not as professional as it is/was being betrayed in the media.
We had to get a lawyer involved to protect our rights! Need less to say, I am writing because of the comments the Mayor made. I feel an apology should be given for publicly misrepresenting the tenants of River Isle. 80% of us were educated, hard working, and law abiding citizens. It is not morally right to attack and judge, let alone publicly, the integrity and pride of the majority, based upon the actions of the 20% (5 people) who didn’t seem to have any. Therefore, I feel the 80% of law abiding citizens who lived at River Isle DESERVE a public apology!
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