Clay County Housing Troubles

By: Will Jones Email
By: Will Jones Email

Drug activity fights and stolen property are just some of the problems some people in Clay County say plague their housing complex.

The county is stepping in to clean up the apartments, because police said it has been a problem for years.

There are twelve apartments at the High Street Complex, but police say they have to go check out problems there almost every day.

Ask anyone in Clay about the High Street Apartments and they’ll have a story to tell.

“I had a friend live up here and I wouldn't let my kids outside unless I was out there with them,” Sabrina Holcomb said, “I was nervous about the people who live here.

Some say it’s getting better. Ell Deems just moved in a month ago.

“It used to be a bad place as I hear,” Deems said, “They seemed to be straightening it up.”

Joyce McLaughlin took over as manager of High Street in April and has been working to fix the problems.

The cleanup is not going fast enough for the Clay County Housing Authority or police.

“Almost weekly law enforcement is called out to high street apartments for drug related issues and theft,” Jay Carper from the Clay County Housing Authority said.

Now the housing authority is putting the pressure on High Street management to evict the residents causing the problems.

“Keep in mind this housing is for low income families and the housing authority wants to provide them with a safe place to be reared,” Carper said.

The manager of High Street said she is in the process of serving eviction notices to problem residents.

The Clay County Sheriff said there needs to be a better screening before people are allowed to move in to these apartments.

Despite the recent change in management, the housing authority is still working to get a new management agency to take over High Street Apartments.

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