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Apartments Condemned, Landlord Refuses To Help Families Left Homeless

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Four families living at the Creek Bend Terrace Apartments are left to fend for themselves after their landlord refused to help find them a place to sleep.

The apartments were condemned by the fire marshal Friday morning due to a staircase leading to the second floor that needs repairs.

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Sheila White is a mother of two and has called the apartments home for three years.

"The landlord needs to find us a place to stay, we pay our rent on time this is not our fault," says White.

Friday afternoon reporter Matt Kroschel called apartment owner Suzanne Hicks. Hicks refused to help find temporary shelter for the tenants and says they "should have gotten renters insurance."

"Everybody has family and don't let them fool you. I know this because I deal with these people, folks, everyday, usually throwing other family member off the property, they all have a place to go, I know this," Hicks told WHNT News 19 on the phone Friday.

WHNT News 19 reached out to several local emergency assistance agencies in an attempt to find a place for these families to go.

Members of Grace United Methodist Church in Huntsville agreed to pay for hotel rooms for Friday night for all the tenants.

The emergency shelter gives those residents a little extra time to hopefully find another place to sleep for the rest of the weekend.

Hicks says she has construction crews coming out to repair the stairs Monday.

Editor's Note: reporter Matt Kroschel is a member at Grace United Methodist Church 

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