Displaced residents in Lawrence receiving help

Apartment damage (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Marion County Health Department shut down the Oak Tree Apartments after a slew of health code violations.

This week, a judge ordered the residents to vacate by 5.p.m. on Wednesday. Many of the 40 or so residents had nowhere to go or no new apartment prospects on the horizon.

The Trustee’s office will assist residents with their first month’s rent if they stay in Lawrence. The office will also help with household supplies and food.

According to Lawrence Township Trustees, the residents must stay in Lawrence to be eligible for first months rent.

“We will help them out with a variety of things,” said Deputy Trustee Jason Tomcsi.

Jim Mills took advantage of the Trustees offer. On Monday, he will move into a new apartment with his first months rent paid.

“I thought I was going to be homeless I thought for sure they would throw me out on the streets,” said Mills.

The hope is that the displaced residents will pick apartments in Lawrence.

Maison Gardens Apartments, which is just across the street from Oak Tree, is one of those options. Maison offers renovated housing, recreational facilities, and security.

“I want to provide the best quality housing that I can provide and I don’t have to be a pig,” said Vaios Theodorakos.

24-Hour News 8, paid a visit to the office at Oak Tree Apartments, but workers there declined to talk on camera.

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