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Evansville City Councilman Alex Burton hosts conversation on housing issues

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:01 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - An Evansville mother stands alongside and supports her southeast side neighbors struggling to find another place to live.

This comes as city councilman Alex Burton pushes for every Evansville resident to have a safe, quality and affordable place to live.

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On Wednesday, Burton hosted a community conversation centered on housing.

Shelby Williams and her children have lived at Woodland Park Apartments since 2018.

“If we’re living here or wherever we’re living, we should be able to live there comfortable and at peace,” Williams stated.

Burton says enough is enough. He was alongside Knight Township Trustee Kathyrn Martin, who has already helped house families out of Woodland.

“I walked out of the house thinking I was I getting ready to have a great day, and then I heard the utilities, lights and everything was getting ready to get cut off,” Williams recalled.

[READ MORE: Woodland Park Apartments at risk of having gas, electric cut off due to unpaid bills]

As Feed Evansville passed out groceries, Burton and Knight went to Anthony Oates Park to help answer questions and give guidance to those who may be looking to leave the apartment complex, or those who have recently been evicted.

The property manager previously blamed the overdue bill on the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You can’t say, ‘Oh we got backed up because of COVID’ because guess what? Guess who was still paying? Me and several other people,” Williams added. “So, that’s not going to fly, especially not since 2019. I don’t care what you was paying. You should’ve used my portion for mine. I know that.”

The property manager said with less income during the height of the pandemic, the complex wasn’t able to pay as much on its CenterPoint Energy account.

The energy company gave Woodland Park until August 26 to pay its outstanding balance.

The property manager says it will.

City councilman Burton has written about this topic several times on Facebook in recent weeks.

In one post, Burton says he feels that current laws overprotect property owners.

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