Heritage House residents pick up last of their belongings

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Wednesday was the last opportunity for residents to pick up their belongings from Heritage House. The property was condemned after the power and water were shut off last week.

Some were glad to say goodbye to the building, which is infested with bed bugs and known as the center of crime in the area. But for other residents, moving out created a new list of problems.

“We stayed in a tent one night. We stayed on the streets one night. The third night, our SSI checks kicked in on the first, so we went and got us a room,” said Jeffrey Coble.

Greensboro Housing Coalition Executive Director Beth McKee-Huger estimated 10 people were still looking for new homes as of Wednesday morning. She says the challenge has been finding affordable, decent housing that passes inspection. Residents have also had issues affording to move to their new homes.

“It's been real hard, but luckily I found a place,” said John Cobb, while he waited to be escorted to his condo. “See that U-Haul right there, that's here to move me. Me and another guy.”

The U-Haul was courtesy of the Greensboro Interactive Resource Center, which has also been acting as an emergency shelter for residents for the past week.

“At any given point we have that issue in Greensboro, but you certainly have that issue when something the size of Heritage House closes and all of those folks are looking for housing at one time,” said Michelle Kennedy, executive director of the Greensboro IRC. “The reality for us is this is what every day is like. On any given day, we have between 200-250 people who are in this situation all the time.”

As of Wednesday, 13 Heritage House residents were still staying at the IRC, including John Cobb.

“I mean, when you need help, you need help. It's either that or we add to the homeless in the street,” said Cobb.

Kennedy hopes to move all Heritage House residents to their new homes by the end of the week.


  • Hoodie

    Boohoo…..You have been given enough of free stuff and now also getting free moving trucks and have had basically free housing all week. If you have not found a place by now, it is because your trying to get as much as you possibly can for free! Ride the system, thats all they do…but your BS Prez is the reason for it because he allows it and his people take full advantge of it in every way. Dont bother going to look for a job or bother cleaning yourself up including your home, but instead wait for the welfare check and food stamp card every month! Complain when your in the hospital or in a nursing home and not able to work!

  • Helium

    All of that stuff should have been burned along with the building. Nothing but a trash dump and the belongings in it. Why allow them to take the disease and bug infested belongings elsewhere to just spread it to another dump? We have given them all free stuff for the past few years and some for a lifetime, so just add to the list and take them shopping at Goodwill and buy them all new clothes for a month time and send them on their way.

  • Helium

    call and tell them J-Rod from down the street told you about free Uhaul and you want one too. and if you dont get it, you will petition Congress and sue them. Almost like complaining patrons are getting discount for praying in public…..so now I want a discount!

  • Curious

    One more reason North Carolina should end all entitlement programs. Charities are much more able to refuse those who really don’t need help, but are just too lazy to work. Those who are truly in need would be taken care of without tax dollars being redistributed to those who don’t deserve the hard earned dollars of NC’s citizens.

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