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Meeting addresses concerns after dozens displaced by apartment fire

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

It's been more than a month since an apartment fire displaced dozens of people from their home.

The fire at Greenhill Apartments affected more than 100 people, many of whom are low income and don't have a lot of options.

"People are pretty upset,” Anthony Arndt said.

An information meeting was held for residents on Monday, Sept. 11. Altman Management, the owner of Greenhill Apartments, did not allow media to attend the meeting.

Last week the company sent an email, though, stating HUD approved their request to provide rent assistance for their low-income tenants.

Arndt said the news was shared during the meeting.

“My reaction is basically what it said in the letter is basically what they're going to do,” he said.

State Representative Jim Stamas also stopped by the meeting.

“What we're trying to do is work with HUD and MISHTA and continue to make sure open conversation is out there. Especially going between the locals that are working on it along with the state and federal. Trying to make sure we have good communication between all of them,” Stamas said.

Altman Management also said via email that the company is working with landlords in the area to find homes for its residents until repairs at the apartment complex are complete.

Stamas said that's no easy task, though.

"A lot of the residents do have specific disabilities, and because of those disabilities it adds to the complexity of where and who they can go to, where they can go to,” he said.

As for Arndt, he said he's glad to know he'll continue to receive assistance with his rent, but he doesn't think he's going back to Green Hill Apartments.

"I'm pretty happy with it but I’ll probably be finding a new place to go,” he said. 

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