Bowling Green Estates Residents: Where To Go?

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Teresa Johnson says, "About 7:30 I got up and I'm picking people up to go to the Annex. The city hall annex."

Teresa Johnson is trying to help some of the evicted residents at Bowling Green Estates apartments.

Johnson says, "My children live in the condemned apartments. I can take my children home from the condemned apartments. But there are 30 other people that I can't take home."

It's a daunting task considering some residents will not be accepted by the housing authority.

Johnson says, "We're going to have problems with some people because some of the people that lived at the apartment complex have criminal backgrounds and disabilities and some people aren't accepting them."

Shawn Sales says, "Are you concerned about the background check? Is that what it is?"

Sales works for the Housing Authority of Bowling Green. He says they have to do credit history, renter history, and background checks to find out who they'll be renting to. But some people run when they hear that.

Sales says, "Any of those things, if they were negative, could cause the application to be denied."

If they are denied, the applicant can try to find fair-market housing, meaning the landlord decides what is acceptable for rent. The department of housing and development is providing vouchers, worth $500 to Bowling Green Estates residents to use for temporary housing, but Johnson says there are no motel rooms available at this time. That means many of the Bowling Green Estates renters will have nowhere to go Thursday.