In 2008, due to the Recession, seniors (and many others) lost their employment. With the loss of employment and the arrival of poverty, many seniors (and others) were forced to move into Senior Housing or face homelessness. Despite many of us coming from a professional background, respected in the community, etc here is what we have experienced in our new housing situation.

  • Mgrs intercepted the police to prevent reports; if the tenant was able to create a police report without mgt blocking the effort then the content of the report was redacted.
  • Mgrs shredded Incident Reports thus removing evidence to further prevent police from making reports.
  • Apartment incidents requiring the police were not written up on the police blotter in the newspaper or on the Web.
  • Police always did what mgr wanted without investigation – including sometimes using excessive use of force as validated by the DOJ.
  • Mgrs used security camera feeds to monitor tenants like jail rather than for safety of the premises; when the mgr or maintenance man observed on the security camera that the tenant had left the building, then the mgr/maintenance man would enter the tenants apartment without notice
  • Mgrs would provide a blanket notice of intention to enter - minus a valid time period; else they would use an excuse like bed bug search, dog is too quiet or similar to enter. Upon entering, sometimes vandalism, theft and always violation of privacy occurred
  • Mgrs always befriend a group of tenants. Mgrs empowered this group to control the remaining residents. Thus creating an extra-legal group that discriminated via favoritism.
  • Members of the group were free to abuse, violate the other tenants with protection guaranteed by mgt. Abuses include harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft, criminal trespassing, animal abuse, etc
  • Mgrs and their group were free to be above the law and establish an anarchy since the bosses of mgt and the police/courts protected the mgrs and their friends.
  • Mgrs are protected by senior housing authorities
  • Inspections include going through one’s underwear drawer
  • Mgrs created fraudulent notices (eviction, 10-day, etc) for those tenants they did not like
  • Mgrs perjured themselves in court against the tenants
  • Mgrs, together with the police, involuntarily committed tenants to jail or a mental institution without having any qualifications or valid reason to do so. (Mgrs usually have only a high school education; rarely nothing relevant to property management or psychology at even a lower college level )
  • Mgrs do not perform background checks of tenants or staff before admission. Even after knowing that the felons/registered sex offenders were actively breaking the law there was no eviction
  • Mgrs do not follow senior housing authority rules yet are protected by the senior housing authorities; Mgrs block tenants from receiving what they are entitled to receive by senior housing rules
  • Senior housing mgt have low or no qualifications as apartment managers. If they have a requirement, then the requirement is fudged. In approximately half the time, the tenants’ educational level and qualifications far exceeded the managers’ level (Some are Doctoral level professionals; some have held security clearances). Yet, the managers - typically with a very limited experiences/educational background - RULE with impunity. HUD and other housing authorities refuse to raise the qualifications and continue to protect their violations
  • In most cases, the tenants have never broken a law, have never abused any substance, and are therefore squeaky clean. However, also in most cases, the mgrs are violating. Yet, the squeaky clean tenants are being treated as if they were the criminals while the mgrs are the people that need to be monitored
  • Any attempt the tenant take to obtain public records via FOIA is substantially or permanently delayed
  • Court judgments regarding tenants are delayed to stall further attempts at justice
  • Mgrs and housing authorities use mediation with the abusive mgrs and their protective housing authority rather than a third-party independent mediator. Despite laws being on the books, the judicial system protect the abusers rather than the victims
  • Judges protect mgrs by disallowing Discovery in court, ignoring perjury, canon law violations, etc
  • Senators advocating on behalf of the tenants and the law are rebuffed by the Senior Housing Administrators
  • Tenants, in some cases, are forced to take issues to the state supreme court to receive any relief. In one case, the state 89supreme court unanimously validated the unconstitutional issues involved with senior housing – among many other violations.
  • Disgruntled tenants are tracked by word of mouth (within or between the housing authorities) or in tracking systems even if the tenant moves out of the apartment. Future attempts at senior housing can be jeopardized; Retaliation for whistleblowers happens despite rules against retaliation on the books
  • Mgrs try to control tenants’ use of wi-fi and email by offering ‘free wi-fi’ then controlling the network and servers violating tenants’ privacy
  • Tenants are obligated to report if they are out of the building for any time period. The friends of the tenants must sign in and go before security cameras. Therefore, mgt knows the personal information about the visitors as well as the tenants. Thus making senior housing visitation barely different than visitation in jail
  • Mgt, after losing unanimously in the state supreme court, kept their jobs, then repeated some of the same issues regardless of defeat
  • Despite being mgrs of a bldg that qualifies as for Sick Building Syndrome, they have six-figure incomes and drive electric cars. The money intended for repairs goes into salaries
  • Firemen, appalled by the violations against peoples' rights also wrote a report citing the Mgr's behavior

The FBI Public Corruption Division and the ACLU have agreed to investigate.

Comments

Roland369 4 years 46 weeks ago
#1

We are all being forced into a "criminal" underclass, due to economics. As more become homeless or mentally ill, the militarized police will crack down on anyone, especially those who protest their circumstances. and continue to "protect and serve" the upper 1% criminals who go unpunished.

Legend 4 years 46 weeks ago
#2

It will get worse. The number of people in their 50's and 60's that have zero savings is incredibly high.

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Robindell 4 years 46 weeks ago
#3

None of the above complaints are documented. As they are presented, they are just accusations. You need written proof or at least witnesses.

I disagree with the exaggerated use of the word "all." Not all police officers or police departments are grossly unfair or corrupt. HUD and U.S.D.A. Rural Development are the two federal housing agencies. They do tend to be more on the side of landlords rather than tenants. They both have civil rights divisions which enforce the Fair Housing Act, at least to some extent, but that only pertains to discrimination.

U.S.A. Today just did a lengthy article on mental illness and homelessness. HUD estimates that there are 124,000 homeless mentally ill persons, or 1/5th of their figure of 661,000 homeless people across the country. They base that number on a yearly count of homeless people, but the count has been criticized for overlooking people who are in hospitals or are in areas where workers do not look for homeless people, sometimes out of fear of crime, and sometimes not knowing all the places where homeless people are located. Others cite a figure of over 3.5 million homeless. In Houston and surrounding Harris County, local officlals decided not wait for more federal help. They created a computerized system that lists the available supported housing units out of a total of some 3000 apartments. Outreach workers with tablets contact homeless individuals and try and direct them to available housing. Homeless in the Houston area since the system was in place dropped from 1 in 2011 to 763 -- a 57% decrease. But a statistic was cited that 40% of all seriously mentally ill people in America do not receive treatment to help alleviate their symptoms and improve their functioning.

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Fanchon88 4 years 43 weeks ago
#4

This article is right on in my experience. This is the second HUD senior housing complex I've lived in. Alas, I can't afford to move back, and I have very special volunteer work to do here. The corruption is breath-taking! I made Captain in the USAF and now I find "resident" is a bad word.

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Fanchon88 4 years 42 weeks ago
#5

You must be a fat cat sitting in your own home with all your ducks in a row! I don't know MK. I know MK has perfectly described everything I am going through. I am educated and served in the military as an officer. I am suffering all these abuses WHERE I LIVE 24/7.

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k. allen 4 years 42 weeks ago
#6

Fanchon 88, you might find a useful resource with the Gray Panthers:

http://www.graypanthers.org/

...backlogs everywhere...nothing works the way it could, if only ... best to network with real people in your community through whatever avenues are available ... I don't know what your politics are, but VietNam Vets Against the War have a good rep for caring - and knowing the difference. Sounds like you could use a good dose of both:

http://www.vvaw.org/

Look to find peace in one breath ...one breath at a time ....

Good Luck,

ka

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Fanchon88 4 years 42 weeks ago
#7

THANK YOU K. ALLEN! I have written to the White House, a Senator in OK, and the woman editor of my town's newspaper, with details and a link to MK's brilliant article. My letter won't get printed; however, I hope it will enlighten a bit. I also called Adult Protective Services and was listened to. A social worker will visit. I trust he will call first and come in the side door. Mgr will see on camera that I have a visitor. FWIW, I have lived in subsidized housing managed by Eskaton. Compassionate people. I am now in a gorgeous hell hole managed by ABHOW, aka American Baptist Homes of the West. As to Vietnam Vets, I was married to one -- found him in the back of a Greyhound! Some perfectly wonderful people have gone grey and still have much to contribute. If the Fukushima fallout is as bad as I've heard, we older people will be the least damaged. We may have to take up the slack! God bless!

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k. allen 4 years 42 weeks ago
#8

Sure thing, Fanchon88, hope it helps ... pretty sure Fukushima scenario just tip of the iceberg - end of days, and all ... blessings all around - we need it!

I posted this comment on another thread - it may apply here:

Everyone cares about something. How are loyalties determined? How do we circumvent differences to find mutual respect - and peace?

Whoever cares - or not - what matters is whether/how I care. Shall I stop caring because my own pain keeps me from knowing how others care?

I think the challenge is to harmonize. ... the love and gratitude that empower life's song come from within each heart.

Ultimately, my first concern must be how I accept life's moment with love and gratitude - and how I share my heartsong, keeping the whole song alive.

<<<<@>>>> << >> <<<@>>>

I used to be _adamant_ about my own beliefs on how things ought to be - how they ought to unfold and proceed. Then I heard a line from scripture about being 'stubborn' and 'self-willed'. I realized I was just that and more, with my stubborn insistence that peace prevail, that people find ways to communicate, and work together for healing in themselves, each other, and our whole wide world. I simply gave up and withdrew for the longest time.

Its a real challenge to respect the rights of others to choose when their choices conflict with our own - moreso when those choices signal devastation to a whole dimension of being (or at least, destruction of a preferred world view.)

I see it as a call to attention in the moment ... the moment is all we have ... all we can ask or expect of life ... beyond that, all is passing shadows/reflections.

Here in the singularity ... each one of us has a place to stand ... within the moment of one breath ... all else is drawn away and gone ....

... Who knows where it goes ... or where from it comes ...?

Be true to what is true for you - and let the river flow.

<<<<@>>>> << >> <<<@>>>

The wheel of life is turning for all. Regardless of peoples' attitudes or actions toward you ... your own are the ones that truly move you.

No one can stand in your space. No one can be who you are - where you are at any time, nor you them. So determine your own path - you are the only one who can.

People will see you, and know you for who you truly are when you live true to your own conscience. That signals individual integrity ... a value respected across cultural boundaries.

From what I hear, every one of us is composed of uncountable atoms, each one containing vast empty space ... I don't know if its measurable ... my guess would be each one of us contains enough empty open space _within_ to fill the galaxy.

That ought to be enough room for all to find a place to go without violating anything or anyone, including ourselves. It is a solitary place to be. It might be necessary to keep that distance so we can breath fully and freely ...?

M K 4 years 39 weeks ago
#9

No Robindell, they are not just accusations. If you read the entire article you would see that both the FBI and ACLU (among others) have validated our concerns. And some state supreme courts rulings. We have witnesses and proof, else these agencies would not have validated our concerns.

Your USA Today article is off-topic. We are talking about senior housing corruption.

M K 4 years 39 weeks ago
#10

Here is an ever-growing list of senior housing corruption examples:

  • Managers intercepted the police to prevent reports; if the tenant was able to create a police report without management blocking the effort then the content of the report was redacted. Police would often say that they ‘had a good working relationship with management so they could fix the problem without a report’ being necessary. Or, the police would say that they ‘needed to contact the witnesses’. Later you would discover that the police never contacted anyone but the manager.
  • Managers shredded incident reports thus removing evidence to further prevent police from making reports.
  • Apartment incidents requiring the police were not documented in the police blotter in the newspaper or on the Web.
  • Police always did what manager wanted without investigation – including sometimes using excessive use of force (as validated by the Department of Justice).
  • Managers used security camera feeds to monitor tenants like jail rather than for safety of the premises; when the manager or maintenance man observed on the security camera that the tenant had left the building, then the manager/maintenance man would enter the tenants apartment without notice
  • Managers would provide a blanket notice of intention to enter - minus a valid time period; else they would use an excuse like ‘bed bug search’, ‘dog is too quiet’ or similar to enter. Upon entering, sometimes vandalism, theft and always violation of privacy occurred
  • Managers almost always befriended a group of tenants. Managers empowered this group to control the remaining residents. Thus creating an extra-legal group that discriminated via favoritism. Members of the group were free to abuse and violate the other tenants with protection guaranteed by management. Abuses included harassment, stalking, vandalism, bullying, theft, criminal trespassing, animal abuse, forfeiture, etc
  • Managers would provide eviction notices to those tenants that received their Social Security check later in the month rather than by the 5th of the month as the latest possible due date. The tenants do not have control over Social Security and are not otherwise negligent. Still management refuses to offer a workaround to tenants in that situation and continues eviction processes instead
  • Managers and their group were free to be above the law and establish an anarchy since the bosses of management and the police/courts protected the managers and their friends.
  • Managers are protected by senior housing authorities
  • Managers often provided built-in employment for their relatives or friends (Nepotism) – despite the fact that the relatives/friends did not have a license to practice or were certified;
  • Management used the county shuttle van provided for tenant usage only as transportation for manager’s friends and relatives to/from the airport and to transport the lynch mob to the courthouse to provide suborned testimony against another tenant
  • There is some possible evidence of double dipping (collecting from two housing authorities at the same time)
  • Inspections include going through women’s underwear drawer
  • Managers created fraudulent notices (eviction, 10-day, etc) for those tenants they did not like
  • Managers perjured themselves in court against the tenants; members of the manager’s group of favorites often provided suborned statements in support of management (in exchange for favors and power)
  • Managers, together with the police, committed tenants to jail or a mental institution involuntarily without having any qualifications or valid reason to do so. (Managers often have a high school education; rarely do they have education in psychology, property management, criminal justice – even at the baccalaureate level. Still they are making serious decisions influencing tenants lives and ruling with impunity.) Housing authorities refuse to raise the qualifications.
  • Managers do not perform background checks of tenants or staff before admission. Even after knowing that the tenant felons/registered sex offenders were actively breaking the law. Even after a SWAT teams of officers in bullet-proof vests & guns descending upon senior housing - there was no eviction
  • Managers do not follow senior housing authority rules yet are protected by the senior housing authorities; Managers block tenants from receiving what they are entitled to receive by senior housing rules
  • In approximately half the time, the tenants’ educational level, work experience and qualifications far exceeded the managers’ experience. In most cases, these tenants have never broken a law, have never abused any substance, and are therefore squeaky clean. However, also in most/many cases, the managers are treating the squeaky-clean resident professionals as criminals by monitoring and controlling their every move.
  • Any attempt the tenants take to obtain public records via FOIA is substantially or permanently delayed
  • Court judgments regarding tenants are delayed to stall further attempts at justice
  • Managers and housing authorities use mediation with the abusive managers and their protective housing authority rather than a third-party independent mediator. Despite laws being on the books, the judicial system protect the abusers rather than the victims
  • Judges protect managers by disallowing Discovery in court, disallowing witnesses, ignoring perjury, fraud, etc. Therefore, promoting canon law violations.
  • Senators advocating on behalf of the tenants and the law are rebuffed by the Senior Housing Administrators
  • Tenants, in some cases, are forced to take issues to the state supreme court to receive any relief. In one case, the state supreme court unanimously validated the unconstitutional issues involved with senior housing – among many other violations.
  • Disgruntled tenants are tracked by word of mouth (within or between the housing authorities) or in tracking systems (TRACS) even if the tenant moves out of the apartment. Future attempts at senior housing can be jeopardized; Retaliation for whistleblowers happens despite rules against retaliation on the books
  • Managers try to control tenants’ use of wi-fi and email by offering ‘free wi-fi’ then controlling the network and servers violating tenants’ privacy; the managers have control of the wi-fi servers
  • Tenants are obligated to report if they are out of the building for any time period. The friends of the tenants must sign in and go before security cameras. Therefore, management knows the personal information about the visitors as well as the tenants. Thus making senior housing visitation barely different than visitation in jail
  • Management, after losing unanimously in the state supreme court, kept their jobs, then repeated some of the same issues regardless of defeat; aka pattern and practice
  • Despite being managers of a bldg that qualifies for Sick Building Syndrome, these managers make six-figure incomes and drive expensive cars. The money intended for repairs goes into salaries
  • Firemen, appalled by the violations against peoples' rights also wrote a report citing the manager's behavior
  • The FBI Public Corruption Division and the ACLU have agreed to investigate
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Fanchon88 4 years 37 weeks ago
#11

MK's article opened my eyes to the fact that I and my neighbors are all middle class! Some raised families and now receive pitiful Social Security. I worked all my life, so I do better. When someone gets Disability as I did for depression, they are thus "disabled" until age 65 at which time they are just old. Living in a place like this shortens lives and creates enormous stress. Last week the same woman who peeked in my bedroom window and was dropping bowling balls overhead from me -- the judge let her stay but she had to move to the next downstairs unit! -- last week she told the manager the rec room has to be fumigated because of my shingles! The rash had disappeared months before I moved to this town. Incredibly, the stupid manager was all set to take this action. And now this nutcake is going gambling with the manager so now they are buddies! . . . I call the Suicide Hotline sometimes. A gentle black man told me to do my life and not look to the right or left, to "heal your heart," that I could come back in ten years and nothing would have changed. Since the shingles nonsense, I am resolved to get a private mailbox, to take my laundry up the street, to talk as little as possible -- just wave, and to have my place so tidy that if the bitch wants to schedule yet another gratuitous inspection just for me, I will challenge her to come on down right now and see for herself! I booby-trap my door so at least I know if someone has been there. My treasures are hidden. I'm cooking from scratch, trying new "blood type A:" recipes. I play my piano, trampoline or walk, work on a wildlife project, and envision something better. I have been given undeserved written reprimands that make my blood boil. Some of the language in these reprimands must have come from family housing or Section 8. It is so punitive, gobbledegook about drugs and firearms! That housing has younger people, single women with little kids. I imagine they may still care for their partners, and the partners want to see their kids. These partners also get into drugs and guns and other problems. So of course there have to be rules. Senior housing is quite different! We're trying to enjoy what we have left. Evenhandedly managed, the situation could be heavenly. And yes, we have free wi-fi but the arrogant Baptist faith-based corporation won't let us go to casino websites -- in South Lake Tahoe! The school kids have their Christmas concert at Montbleu. Maybe I want to check what time it starts! . . . This is all real and happening! If you move here, it takes about two years to notice Manager is making fun of us! We had a nice big TV in our lodge style front room until she gave it away to the cool dude upstairs who looks like Santa Claus! There is no resident council. Thanks again, MK!

M K 4 years 35 weeks ago
#12

Be very grateful that you don't have a Residents' Association (RA). Management learns that they need to empower the Association. That way management can not only offload some of their responsibilities but the RA can monitor, harass, bully and abuse the remaining tenants with the backing of management's team of lawyers. For example:

  • Management, together with their group of favorite tenants and Residents’ Association, organized lynch mobs behind closed doors against tenants that don’t go along with the management corruption. The more naïve tenants just take the word of their landlord without question. This mob rule, judge and jury over tenants lives, is barely different from the Klan, SS, kapos.
  • Management, together with their group of favorite tenants and the Residents’ Association, posted in a locked glass case notices that list several untrue, defamatory statements designed to hurt the credibility of a single tenant in the face of all the remaining tenants. This misinformation was also taken to agencies, politicians, corporations, etc. Additionally in the same locked glass case they posted an unofficial psychological analysis (their own), likewise designed to destroy this tenant. The name of the tenant was not on the notice yet the friends of management stood next to the case and asked any who came by “You know who we are talking about, don’t you?” Then proceeded to name the tenant.

Housing authorities, police, agencies do nothing. They are complicit. The Judicial Branch isn't available.

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Fanchon88 4 years 33 weeks ago
#13

Interesting you say that, MK. I was in compassionate senior housing before this (Mount Shasta, CA run by Eskaton). It was very well run. I enjoyed having Manager's assistant come tell us at the meetings how things were going, what improvements were being planned, etc. Where I am now, so little info is given out to everyone that it would be impossible to organize. We have to ask Mgr for a print-out of names and unit numbers in order to do Christmas cards! When the laundry room was going to be closed one day last week, I only found out later that we had beautiful new washing machines! I will NOT be using these machines! Mgr's 10-year-old grand-daughter accosted me recently in the hallway, saying "Hello!" repeatedly, to get me to speak up and acknowledge her! When I returned from the mailboxes, this brat asked my name! I turned and stared for a moment, said nothing, went on home. I've already been accused in a written "lease violation" of using profanity. If this brat finds me in the laundry room, what do I do? I thought about telling her in Spanish to bug off. It's probably best to spend a few more quarters at the public laundry up the street as long as my car starts and it isn't snowing too hard. . . . MIK, all the abuses you point out are happening where I am. I called Adult Protective Services a couple months ago. Nothing. Social worker never showed. Or he went straight to the manager. Manager was terribly nice two weeks ago for my recertification, but the damage is done over 3-1/2 years of abuse. I told her I'd been commissioned in the USAF "50 years ago today", i.e., 10 Nov 64, and it feels like last week. She is so into ridicule and abuse, she had nothing to say. I did not necessarily tell all the truth -- she wants to be told zero for cash on hand! I am making a huge effort to meet people in the town, go to church, etc. A former victim of this housing attends my church. They tried to evict her and she came into a little money so was able to find an apartment. She's over the moon. Sunday I got up early to watch a healed yearling bear ("Cinder") burned in a forest fire be examined, blood drawn and loaded into a carrier to be driven north where she's from. Being with other wildlife volunteers and petting the sedated bear was so loving and healing, I wanted to cry at the contrast I feel when I simply walk down my hallway where i live. I try to make inside my place a true sanctuary.

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jazzygirl 4 years 17 weeks ago
#14
Quote M K:In 2008, due to the Recession, seniors (and many others) lost their employment. With the loss of employment and the arrival of poverty, many seniors (and others) were forced to move into Senior Housing or face homelessness. Despite many of us coming from a professional background, respected in the community, etc here is what we have experienced in our new housing situation.

  • Mgrs intercepted the police to prevent reports; if the tenant was able to create a police report without mgt blocking the effort then the content of the report was redacted.
  • Mgrs shredded Incident Reports thus removing evidence to further prevent police from making reports.
  • Apartment incidents requiring the police were not written up on the police blotter in the newspaper or on the Web.
  • Police always did what mgr wanted without investigation – including sometimes using excessive use of force as validated by the DOJ.
  • Mgrs used security camera feeds to monitor tenants like jail rather than for safety of the premises; when the mgr or maintenance man observed on the security camera that the tenant had left the building, then the mgr/maintenance man would enter the tenants apartment without notice
  • Mgrs would provide a blanket notice of intention to enter - minus a valid time period; else they would use an excuse like bed bug search, dog is too quiet or similar to enter. Upon entering, sometimes vandalism, theft and always violation of privacy occurred
  • Mgrs always befriend a group of tenants. Mgrs empowered this group to control the remaining residents. Thus creating an extra-legal group that discriminated via favoritism.
  • Members of the group were free to abuse, violate the other tenants with protection guaranteed by mgt. Abuses include harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft, criminal trespassing, animal abuse, etc
  • Mgrs and their group were free to be above the law and establish an anarchy since the bosses of mgt and the police/courts protected the mgrs and their friends.
  • Mgrs are protected by senior housing authorities
  • Inspections include going through one’s underwear drawer
  • Mgrs created fraudulent notices (eviction, 10-day, etc) for those tenants they did not like
  • Mgrs perjured themselves in court against the tenants
  • Mgrs, together with the police, involuntarily committed tenants to jail or a mental institution without having any qualifications or valid reason to do so. (Mgrs usually have only a high school education; rarely nothing relevant to property management or psychology at even a lower college level )
  • Mgrs do not perform background checks of tenants or staff before admission. Even after knowing that the felons/registered sex offenders were actively breaking the law there was no eviction
  • Mgrs do not follow senior housing authority rules yet are protected by the senior housing authorities; Mgrs block tenants from receiving what they are entitled to receive by senior housing rules
  • Senior housing mgt have low or no qualifications as apartment managers. If they have a requirement, then the requirement is fudged. In approximately half the time, the tenants’ educational level and qualifications far exceeded the managers’ level (Some are Doctoral level professionals; some have held security clearances). Yet, the managers - typically with a very limited experiences/educational background - RULE with impunity. HUD and other housing authorities refuse to raise the qualifications and continue to protect their violations
  • In most cases, the tenants have never broken a law, have never abused any substance, and are therefore squeaky clean. However, also in most cases, the mgrs are violating. Yet, the squeaky clean tenants are being treated as if they were the criminals while the mgrs are the people that need to be monitored
  • Any attempt the tenant take to obtain public records via FOIA is substantially or permanently delayed
  • Court judgments regarding tenants are delayed to stall further attempts at justice
  • Mgrs and housing authorities use mediation with the abusive mgrs and their protective housing authority rather than a third-party independent mediator. Despite laws being on the books, the judicial system protect the abusers rather than the victims
  • Judges protect mgrs by disallowing Discovery in court, ignoring perjury, canon law violations, etc
  • Senators advocating on behalf of the tenants and the law are rebuffed by the Senior Housing Administrators
  • Tenants, in some cases, are forced to take issues to the state supreme court to receive any relief. In one case, the state 89supreme court unanimously validated the unconstitutional issues involved with senior housing – among many other violations.
  • Disgruntled tenants are tracked by word of mouth (within or between the housing authorities) or in tracking systems even if the tenant moves out of the apartment. Future attempts at senior housing can be jeopardized; Retaliation for whistleblowers happens despite rules against retaliation on the books
  • Mgrs try to control tenants’ use of wi-fi and email by offering ‘free wi-fi’ then controlling the network and servers violating tenants’ privacy
  • Tenants are obligated to report if they are out of the building for any time period. The friends of the tenants must sign in and go before security cameras. Therefore, mgt knows the personal information about the visitors as well as the tenants. Thus making senior housing visitation barely different than visitation in jail
  • Mgt, after losing unanimously in the state supreme court, kept their jobs, then repeated some of the same issues regardless of defeat
  • Despite being mgrs of a bldg that qualifies as for Sick Building Syndrome, they have six-figure incomes and drive electric cars. The money intended for repairs goes into salaries
  • Firemen, appalled by the violations against peoples' rights also wrote a report citing the Mgr's behavior

The FBI Public Corruption Division and the ACLU have agreed to investigate.

In reading your article, I thought I was viewing the development I am living in now. Descriptions were almost verbatim. It is a Missouri Tax Credit Program, but not a HUD quaranteed loan. It is Conventional, thus even less protection for senior tenants. This place is corrupt and whether the thug site manager made it that way, or the Developer trained her that way, I don't know. In any case, they seem to adore her and support her, ignoring our concerns and calling us crazies. I have lived in egregious conditions four years. The Site Manager in particular bullies me and even punched my chest once, but her word against mine. MHDC, said, 'CASE CLOSED!" I think some dangerous ground is being tread on here. A tenant at one time was moved in here who did not meet the age requirement. He and wife were younger, then there was quietly a drug bust, he was moved by developer, rent, utilities, back rent, etc was paid for him and he was told to keep his mouth shut. A workman in despair quit and was warned to keep his mouth shut. We seniors are bullied by site manager and by a large group of our fellow tenants appointed by her as her informants. MHDC, Governor and our representatives all seem to be protecting the site manager and developer. None of it made sense to me until I read your article. You mentioned the FBI Public corruption Division and ACLU have agreed to investigate. Have they made any progress? Needless to say we all have to stay low.

goodnuzz 4 years 9 weeks ago
#15

This blog may have been written some time ago, but I found it investigating the same issues. I am the last person to denigrate cops, but you don't live in Fullerton. Except for one incident my interaction with law enforcement has been positive. That one incident was literally criminal, violating TitleVl, section 504.
Right now I am in the sights of mgmt since I am advocating on behalf of the tenants in this building. They are suddenly disputing a the existence of our tenant assoc. that has been active for a year. I have been collecting evidence and hiding it since my unit is unlawfully entered. I have no dobg that my calls and net activity are monitored and have been to the appropriate agencies.
I would be surprised if this post shows on this site. These abuses that are noted here and many others happen in all realms of assisted housing. I had to move here to understand what white priveledge really means. If I make it out alive I have do.e well.

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mmsabused 2 years 46 weeks ago
#16

this . is happening to me . currently .. August 28 2016 .. staying is saying abuse is okay.. IT IS NOT! .. have no place to go . but . need to leave . asap .... feeling so very angry .. have PTSD from decades of abuse by family and others and "health care" system .. feeling angry . confused . betrayed ....

Quote M K:

In 2008, due to the Recession, seniors (and many others) lost their employment. With the loss of employment and the arrival of poverty, many seniors (and others) were forced to move into Senior Housing or face homelessness. Despite many of us coming from a professional background, respected in the community, etc here is what we have experienced in our new housing situation.

  • Mgrs intercepted the police to prevent reports; if the tenant was able to create a police report without mgt blocking the effort then the content of the report was redacted.
  • Mgrs shredded Incident Reports thus removing evidence to further prevent police from making reports.
  • Apartment incidents requiring the police were not written up on the police blotter in the newspaper or on the Web.
  • Police always did what mgr wanted without investigation – including sometimes using excessive use of force as validated by the DOJ.
  • Mgrs used security camera feeds to monitor tenants like jail rather than for safety of the premises; when the mgr or maintenance man observed on the security camera that the tenant had left the building, then the mgr/maintenance man would enter the tenants apartment without notice
  • Mgrs would provide a blanket notice of intention to enter - minus a valid time period; else they would use an excuse like bed bug search, dog is too quiet or similar to enter. Upon entering, sometimes vandalism, theft and always violation of privacy occurred
  • Mgrs always befriend a group of tenants. Mgrs empowered this group to control the remaining residents. Thus creating an extra-legal group that discriminated via favoritism.
  • Members of the group were free to abuse, violate the other tenants with protection guaranteed by mgt. Abuses include harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft, criminal trespassing, animal abuse, etc
  • Mgrs and their group were free to be above the law and establish an anarchy since the bosses of mgt and the police/courts protected the mgrs and their friends.
  • Mgrs are protected by senior housing authorities
  • Inspections include going through one’s underwear drawer
  • Mgrs created fraudulent notices (eviction, 10-day, etc) for those tenants they did not like
  • Mgrs perjured themselves in court against the tenants
  • Mgrs, together with the police, involuntarily committed tenants to jail or a mental institution without having any qualifications or valid reason to do so. (Mgrs usually have only a high school education; rarely nothing relevant to property management or psychology at even a lower college level )
  • Mgrs do not perform background checks of tenants or staff before admission. Even after knowing that the felons/registered sex offenders were actively breaking the law there was no eviction
  • Mgrs do not follow senior housing authority rules yet are protected by the senior housing authorities; Mgrs block tenants from receiving what they are entitled to receive by senior housing rules
  • Senior housing mgt have low or no qualifications as apartment managers. If they have a requirement, then the requirement is fudged. In approximately half the time, the tenants’ educational level and qualifications far exceeded the managers’ level (Some are Doctoral level professionals; some have held security clearances). Yet, the managers - typically with a very limited experiences/educational background - RULE with impunity. HUD and other housing authorities refuse to raise the qualifications and continue to protect their violations
  • In most cases, the tenants have never broken a law, have never abused any substance, and are therefore squeaky clean. However, also in most cases, the mgrs are violating. Yet, the squeaky clean tenants are being treated as if they were the criminals while the mgrs are the people that need to be monitored
  • Any attempt the tenant take to obtain public records via FOIA is substantially or permanently delayed
  • Court judgments regarding tenants are delayed to stall further attempts at justice
  • Mgrs and housing authorities use mediation with the abusive mgrs and their protective housing authority rather than a third-party independent mediator. Despite laws being on the books, the judicial system protect the abusers rather than the victims
  • Judges protect mgrs by disallowing Discovery in court, ignoring perjury, canon law violations, etc
  • Senators advocating on behalf of the tenants and the law are rebuffed by the Senior Housing Administrators
  • Tenants, in some cases, are forced to take issues to the state supreme court to receive any relief. In one case, the state 89supreme court unanimously validated the unconstitutional issues involved with senior housing – among many other violations.
  • Disgruntled tenants are tracked by word of mouth (within or between the housing authorities) or in tracking systems even if the tenant moves out of the apartment. Future attempts at senior housing can be jeopardized; Retaliation for whistleblowers happens despite rules against retaliation on the books
  • Mgrs try to control tenants’ use of wi-fi and email by offering ‘free wi-fi’ then controlling the network and servers violating tenants’ privacy
  • Tenants are obligated to report if they are out of the building for any time period. The friends of the tenants must sign in and go before security cameras. Therefore, mgt knows the personal information about the visitors as well as the tenants. Thus making senior housing visitation barely different than visitation in jail
  • Mgt, after losing unanimously in the state supreme court, kept their jobs, then repeated some of the same issues regardless of defeat
  • Despite being mgrs of a bldg that qualifies as for Sick Building Syndrome, they have six-figure incomes and drive electric cars. The money intended for repairs goes into salaries
  • Firemen, appalled by the violations against peoples' rights also wrote a report citing the Mgr's behavior

The FBI Public Corruption Division and the ACLU have agreed to investigate.

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k. allen 2 years 46 weeks ago
#17

I'd get in touch with the nearest chapter of the Gray Panthers and see what kind of support network exists near you. If Women in Black stands in your town, you might find supportive, concerned people there. Their website seems to be going through some changes - not even sure if they still exist, but worth a try, if you can find them. Try following the links here:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_Panthers

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Black

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jbhmcsNYC 2 years 45 weeks ago
#18

This absolutely continues to be valid. Just today I am trying to decide how to resolve the issue of my 81-year-old aunt who was given notice, while she was in the VA hospital in Las Vegas, that she was being evicted for non-payment of rent. Many of the complaints you listed had previously occurred, but the most distressing was that as her only next of kin, she listed me as her emergency contact and after falling and being sent to the ER by a social worker at her senior public housing apartment building, NO ONE contacted me or would give the hospital my information. So for the next month she was thrown around like a bag of bones and nearly died in Vegas. I had to file for guardianship and rescue her and sit at the VA hospital there for a month (yes, she is a decorated KOREAN WAR VET), until they VA agreed to fly her to Florida so that I could arrange for healthcare here. A woman who was self-sufficient and took great care of herself has been reduced to a 100 percent disabled person who can no longer walk or talk and who relies on people for everything. And to add insult to injury, instead of contacting me STILL after I left them my guardianship papers and told them to send me the notices for rent, an address, money owed, etc., they filed an eviction notice which was finally fowarded to me. They can have the rest of her stuff, but I need to hold someone accountable. Any ideas?

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Robindell 2 years 44 weeks ago
#19

An article indicated that HUD has previously designated a certain number of low-income or affordable apartments or apartment complexes as being dedicated as being for seniors only. This tends to cut into the number of affordable housing units available for disabled people who are not seniors.

Each state has a federally-funded disability protection and advocacy services agency. They may not always be able or willing to take on cases, but they are supposed to have lawyers on their staff to litigate when there is a violation of the law regarding disability rights, and the organization at fault refuses to negotiate and cooperate. Some of these agencies may have changed their name to disability rights, including the name of the particular state. Even though they are not strong enough, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act provide some basic protections against housing discrimination, and should be brought up. Some states have their own state civil rights commissions which take complaints in employment or housing discrimination.

Many if not most lawyers in private practice do not generally handle civil rights or even landlord/tenant cases. But some do. Lawyers are expensive. There may be some private disability rights organizations which provide legal counsel for discrimination, but they are few and far between. I'm not sure if a landlord would always be willing to send a bill for back rent.

HUD is supposed to have a housing discrimination division which investigates complaints which involve violations of the Fair Housing Act. The U.S. Department of Justice might be the agency which might follow up on a complaint of housing discrimination or other illegalities, but it would depend on the circumstances. Senator Chris Coons (D) of Delaware says that he introduced a housing reform bill which passed the Senate. I do not exactly what it accomplishes, or if it also passed the House and has been signed into law, but it might be worth researching.

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zapdam. 2 years 44 weeks ago
#20

What's new my American friends, the world knows the US is a cruel and uncaring 'f^<k you' society, always was , always will be, unless people like you stand up and say 'I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE' .

Hell one reason Canadians so cherish their free government run health care and social programs is we see what a criminally insane system you've had to live under. Bet you're the same blokes who said f^<k you to 50 million Americans who suffered and died with no health care ,under successive right governments you elected.

Up to Obama from 1980 to 2008 you elected republicans 20 of those 28 years. So now tell me , what the f^<k did you expect. Now polls tell us watching you, that that idiot TRUMP has a very good chance of being your president , the man who carries the nuclear brief case and who will unleash the final corporatist take over of your country and you're going to elect him. Great job dumb ass America.

No wonder i keep saying , Americans are the stupidest f^<king electorate on the face of the planet.

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