Group to hand out school supplies at bus stops near Lake Arbor apartments
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Group to hand out school supplies at bus stops near Lake Arbor apartments


IT GETS BEYOND THAT AND PAST HISPANIOLA IN A FEW MINUTES. TOMORROW STUDENTS ACROSS THE AREA WILL GO BACK TO SCHOOL, BUT SOME OF THEM DON’T HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED, BUT SOME FAMILIES SAY THEIR KIDS WON’T EVEN HAVE A PLACE TO CALL HOME. WE’VE INVESTIGATED COMPLAINTS AT LAKE ARBOR APARTMENTS IN WEST CHARLOTTE FOR YEARS. THOSE COMPLAINTS INCLUDE RATS, ROACHES AND MOLD. IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS MANY FAMILIES WILL BE FORCED OUT OF THEIR HOME AS THE COMPLEX RENOVATES. REPORTER BRIANA HARPER LEARNED THERE’S A COMMUNITY EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THOSE CHILDREN ARE PREPARED FOR SCHOOL TOMORROW. SHE JOINS US LIVE NOW. Reporter: I’M TOLD TOMORROW MORNING AS EARLY AS 6 A.M. MEMBERS OF THE HOUSING JUSTICE COALITION WILL BE OUT HERE AT THE BUS STOPS IN FRONT OF LAKE ARBOR APARTMENTS OFFERING STUDENTS SUPPLIES AND SNACKS TO GET THEIR FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL STARTED OFF RIGHT. FOR THESE KIDS STARTING BACK TO SCHOOL IS STRESSFUL ENOUGH, BUT IMAGINE ALSO CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF NOT KNOWING WHERE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL HAVE TO MOVE IN LESS THAN A WEEK WHEN YOU’RE FORCED OUT OF THE PLACE YOU CALL HOME. THAT’S THE REALITY FOR NEARLY 100 FAMILIES AT LAKE ARBOR APARTMENTS AFTER THEY WERE NOTIFIED THEY MUST MOVE OUT AS THE COMPLEX RENOVATES. TO PROVIDE SOME RELIEF, THE HOUSING JUSTICE COALITION IS OFFERING STUDENTS WHO LIVE HERE CLOTHES, SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND SNACKS TO PREPARE THEM FOR BACK TO SCHOOL. MIA BIGS IS A GRANDMOTHER OF SEVEN KIDS WHO LIVE AT LAKE ARBOR APARTMENTS. SHE SAYS SHE APPRECIATES THE HELP, BUT BELIEVES EVEN MORE LONG TERM HELP IS NEEDED. IT’S GREAT THAT THEY’RE DOING THAT SO THAT THEY CAN GET AN EDUCATION, BUT IT’S FAR FROM THE REALITY OF COMING HOME. WHO KNOWS WHERE THEY’RE GOING? Reporter: AND THE HOUSING JUSTICE COALITION IS ALSO ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS AT LAKE ARBOR APARTMENTS TO COME OUT TO TOMORROW NIGHT’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT THEY CALL AN INJUSTICE DUE TO BEING FORCED OUT OF THEIR HOMES.

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