Richfield Apartment Owners Face Federal Lawsuit

October 19, 2017 08:56 PM

Some residents who live at the Richfield Concierge Apartments filed a federal lawsuit claiming the owners of the complex violated their housing rights. 

The lawsuit claims low-income renters at the building, located at 7620 Penn Avenue S., who receive federal money to help pay their rent under a program known as section 8, were told the new owners of the Concierge decided to no longer participate in the program.

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By not participating in section 8, those in the lawsuit say their rights, under the Fair Housing Act, were ignored because they were already living in the apartments prior to the decision by the owners to end their Section 8 participation.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS tried reaching attorneys for the Richfield Concierge Apartments but had not yet heard back from them by Tuesday evening.

Less that one year ago, the Metropolitan Council opened its waiting list for section 8 federal rent assistance for the first time since 2007.

Shortly after opening the waiting list, the council reported that almost 36,000 low-income families had applied.

The Met Council provides low income housing vouchers in more than 100 communities in the following counties: Anoka, Carver, suburban Hennepin and suburban Ramsey. Its HRA program is the largest administrator of the federal section 8 voucher program; it provides housing to more than 6,500 households.

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