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Residents of low-income apartment complex have a week to find new home

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DURHAM – More than 150 families living in low-income apartments in Durham must move out by Oct. 31. Management at the Lincoln Apartments told residents late last month that the complex is closing.

Residents were given 30 days notice they have to move out, and now they have a little more than a week to find a new home.

“I'm horrified,” said resident Larry Partee. “I can't believe that all this could happen in one month and us being given just one month to move.”

Many families there say they can't afford other apartments or to move anywhere else, specially on such short notice.

“We, over here, live from paycheck to paycheck,” Partee said. “When we get our check, it's basically already spent for rent, electric and incidentals like food.”

“I don't have the money to move with. I don't have the money to pay anybody to move me. I don't have first month's rent or the deposit,” said resident Sherman Steele. He and his wife are both on disability and say they can barely afford to live in the Lincoln Apartments.

The president of the company that manages Lincoln Apartments told News 14 Carolina by phone that it will be up to Lincoln's board of directors to determine what to do if everyone doesn't move out of their apartments by next Wednesday's deadline.

Many of the people we talked to say they don't have anywhere to go so they're not leaving voluntarily.

“I'm not going to just jump up and move,” said Steele. “I'm going to stay until the end. The sheriff is going to have to come and put something on my door because I'm not going to move just on account of that little pink piece of paper.”

The management company says the complex has been struggling financially because many residents haven't been paying their rent.

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