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Atlanta Civic Circle Housing Affordability

City, property owner devise plan to relocate Forest Cove tenants by mid-July

Forest Cove has been falling apart for years. (Credit: Sean Keenan)

The 211 households living in squalor at southside Atlanta’s condemned Forest Cove apartments could be moved out by July 15, thanks to a deal orchestrated this week by Mayor Andre Dickens’ office and the property owner, Millennia Housing Management, city officials told Atlanta Civic Circle Thursday.

The 396-unit Section 8 complex, some of which is vacant due to units being totally uninhabitable, has been falling apart for years, plagued by mold, rats, roaches, and violent crime, leaving its low-income renters desperate for refuge.

An Atlanta judge condemned the property in December, calling for Millennia to rehouse everyone by March 1 and raze the structures by Sept. 22, but the Ohio-based developer appealed the court order, halting relocation efforts. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also notified Millennia it was in violation of its federal contract and was therefore in jeopardy of being deprived of subsidy, according to a recent report by WABE.

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