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Dozens of families displaced in Santa Rosa County after new management changes

Dozens of families are being displaced in Santa Rosa County following reported management changes at several affordable housing units. (PHOTO: WEAR-TV)

Dozens of families are being displaced in Santa Rosa County following reported management changes at several affordable housing units.

The United Way in Santa Rosa County is calling it a 'crisis' and the nonprofit is having trouble helping everyone.

Brittany Ham, a resident at the Boardwalk Apartments in Milton, said when a new management company bought her complex, she learned that her rent would go up by a hundred dollars and that she'd need a new deposit of 500 dollars to stay.

She said the new company is the Lynd Company.


"It's the only place you can find in Milton… an affordable place to live," said Brittany Ham.

Madeline Gonzalez, another resident at the complex, said she doesn't blame the company.

"It's all business it's not Lynd's fault. It's not the company's fault. It is a city problem. It is a county problem," said Gonzalez.

While residents struggle to find new homes, Kyle Holley, a case manager with the United Ways, said he's seen an alarming increase in homelessness.

He said the same company bought out several other affordable housing apartments in the area.

Families who lived there come to his office for help.

Holley said his nonprofit does not have the means to help everyone.

He said a new federal requirement has a flawed system.

It requires all data for Escambia and Santa Rosa County to be combined.

"My main struggle right now with the homeless situation is that all COC's were mandated by housing and urban development to implement coordinated entry, okay so coordinated entry now… this COC region Escambia and Santa Rosa County is in downtown Pensacola well how am I supposed to get homeless people from Santa Rosa County to Downtown Pensacola? "

Holley said he wants his office to be able to help people in Santa Rosa County.

"It's time for us to really make sure our elected officials at a federal level aware that we could do it cheaper if we made direct allocations in each county to some agency that has the capacity to serve these people," said Holley.

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