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Renters say they don’t know where their rental assistance is going – WSB-TV Channel 2

Metro Atlanta renters are speaking out about what they are calling missing rental assistance money.

They say state-issued rental funds haven’t been paid out, and it’s a problem that’s been going on for months.

Channel 2′s Investigative Reporter Ashli Lincoln found out it’s not just happening with one renter, it’s a problem affecting many families.

The state shows the money is being paid, but landlords and renters say they’re not receiving the money.

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Some renters, like Ife Madyun, are now facing eviction because of this situation. She received a notice to vacate, but says that can’t happen.

“That absolutely, positively, (is) not an option,” Madyun said. “I don’t have a job, I can’t go apply for another apartment.”

She says she and other metro Atlanta renters are facing evictions after state-issued rental assistance funds have gone missing.

“The leasing office says there’s about 30 to 40 people that are still waiting on checks. What do we do?,” Madyun said.

She says she applied for help after getting laid off.

Her complex, the Vesta Adams Park Apartments in East Point, is supposed to receive the funds directly from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

The state’s online portal shows the state paid Madyun’s claim for April and May’s rent, but a look at her apartment’s portal shows the money hasn’t been paid.

Other renters are sounding off on social media and sharing their frustrations. One renter said five months lapsed before payments were received.

Madyun says her leasing office has been transparent and helpful in trying to figure this out.

WSB-TV found the complex is owned by Middleburg Communities, based in Virginia. They sent us a statement, saying in part:

“We have worked hard with the rental assistance programs as well as with our residents to facilitate payments. Eviction is a last resort after exhausting all other options.”

We also emailed the regional director of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. They said they are looking into these allegations.


The company told Madyun that although the missed payment isn’t her fault, by law they still have to formally file for eviction.

The company did say they plan to work with renters to resolve the problem to avoid an eviction.

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