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The last year at Forest Cove: Tenants abandoned and a renovation out of reach

The last year at Forest Cove: Tenants abandoned and a renovation out of reach

Listen to an investigative documentary following the last year at Forest Cove and Ms. Peaches’ fight for change by clicking the player on the left.

The last year at Forest Cove: Tenants abandoned and a renovation out of reach

Winter-Spring 2021

“Once they move you, you got to go back.” On an overcast morning last March, Ms. Peaches is out in the yard. She’s explaining to a neighbor a letter that just went out to all the Forest Cove households. The notice, written in formal language to meet federal requirements, notifies residents they may be relocated in a few months. The relocation is supposed to be temporary, while the complex’s incoming owner carries out renovations. If tenants don’t return afterward, Ms. Peaches tells the woman they’ll lose their rental assistance from the federal government. She says they have to come back.