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Affordable Housing Of New EnglandProperty Mis-management Company Lacks Empathy

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The low-income apartment complex where I live is for the elderly and disabled who have special problems.

Affordable Housing of New England (AHNE) has little regard for those problems.

AHNE is dishonest, manipulative, and often unconscionable. They get away with it by exploiting our seeming powerlessness.

Their priority is clearly their bottom line. It is often an exercise in futility to complain to HUD or Maine Rural Housing Development. Worse, they appear to be 'in bed' with the Maine Housing Authority who is supposed to oversee them.

There is a very good reason that low-income housing is made available for the elderly and the disabled. Unless one is elderly, poor, or disabled, that probably isn't well understood or believed. It isn't surprising that no one who works at AHNE is elderly, disabled, or likely as poor as many of their tenants.

There is no good reason that because we pay less for rent, we should suffer more than we already do. Empathy is key.

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  •   Sep 26, 2010

    Thank you for the advice. Despite these things being done on a number of occasions by a number of tenants, nothing gets accomplished. And the bureaucracy is such that getting results from any complaint is too exhausting for many people, let alone those who are elderly or disabled.

    AHNE counts on that.

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  •   Sep 26, 2010

    Correction:

    I should have said, "...trying to get results..."

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  •   Sep 26, 2010

    Thank you for your comment that "empathy is a key and essential cornerstone to most things in life."

    Yes, we do need a tenant's association. We tried that, but we had problems with tenant support and leadership.

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  •   Sep 26, 2010

    In 2006, someone at at Maine Housing Authority responded to a complaint sent via email. He said, "No one should ever feel powerless about the conditions of the place they call home."

    Yet we are.

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  •   Sep 26, 2010

    More good ideas, Brenda. But, there is also the fear of retribution by the management. Although that is illegal, we can't trust AHNE not to make life even more difficult.

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  •   Dec 15, 2010

    "...all you can do is pray to god for wisdom and guidance" - People need to wise up and start thinking for themselves instead of relying on God and psychics.

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