Calling Millennia Housing Management a “slumlord,” housing advocates are gearing up for a nationwide day of action on April 1 to protest the Ohio-based mega-landlord’s alleged mismanagement of the low-income apartment complexes it owns across the country—including Atlanta’s condemned Forest Cove apartments.

Atlanta’s Housing Justice League accused Millennia of “failing to maintain safe and sanitary living conditions across its portfolio,” in a statement ahead of the nationwide protest.

The group is a member of the national Millennia Resistance Campaign, which is urging housing activists and the public to call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and demand that it investigate the controversial property management company.

Millennia owns thousands of residences across the country that rely on HUD funding for tenants’ Section 8 rental voucher payments.

The coalition of housing advocates is soliciting signatures for a petition calling for HUD to improve its oversight and enforcement of how Millennia maintains its HUD-funded properties and to include tenants and tenant organizations in what happens to the properties they live in. Housing Justice League organizers said they will picket HUD’s Atlanta offices (40 Marietta St. NW) on April 1 at noon.

The Millennia Resistance Campaign is also calling for a national tenant organizing campaign against Millennia.

Locally, Housing Justice League executive director Alison Johnson said in a statement, “The goal of the action is to bring attention to HUD, the city of Atlanta, Millennia, and all others that [Forest Cove] residents feel thrown out of the city with broken promises and a shoddy relocation process.”

She was referring to the city of Atlanta’s relocation of Forest Cove tenants from the condemned complex, which has taken over a year. Some tenants still have not received furniture and MARTA cards that they were promised, while others have been served eviction threats after the relocation team bungled rent payments.

Johnson criticized HUD and Millennia for “allowing unreputable developers like Millennia to manage [housing for] some of our most valuable and vulnerable residents.”

HUD spokesperson Shannon Watkins in an email declined to say if the federal housing agency is investigating Millennia over substandard conditions at the Section 8 apartment complexes it owns and manages nationally.

“We monitor all properties in our [Federal Housing Administration] and assisted portfolios,” Watkins said in the email, referring to properties the agency subsidizes. “Our regulator policy is to assess a property’s condition and schedule routine and complaint-based inspections accordingly.”

Millennia CEO Frank Sinito denied the housing advocates’ claims that it mismanages its low-income apartment properties in an Aug. 18 reply letter to the National Housing Law Project, a Millennia Resistance Campaign member, which formally asked HUD to investigate the developer almost a year ago.

Millennia spokesperson Valerie Jerome told Atlanta Civic Circle in an email last week that Sinito’s comments still stand.Sinito said in the letter that activists were driving a “public campaign to spread inaccurate information” about Millennia and asked for a meeting with the housing advocates. They declined, pointing out they’d already had meetings with him to no avail, according to the correspondence they shared with Atlanta Civic Circle last August.

He said in the letter that the National Housing Law Project “fails to recognize Millennia’s historic efforts to preserve much-needed affordable housing that is critical to our nation’s housing stock—deeply affordable housing that would otherwise be lost.”

Pointing out that multiple Millennia properties have made headlines in Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, and other states over allegedly negligent maintenance practices that have caused tenants injury and even death—activists aren’t buying Sinito’s assertion that the developer is a responsible landlord.

“That is why the Millenia Resistance Campaign is calling for a national day of action on April 1 to fight back against these slumlords,” the group said in its call to action.

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  1. I am so grateful that someone is fighting for the quality of homes for low-income residents. Thank you!
    I am 1 member of a housing Cooperative that is 269 members total, and we own our property. Many are unaware as to this power and our property has been without utility grid upgrades since the new build in 1969. We have documents proving embezzlement. But, for some reason our plea is unheard. Our new Mayor once upon a time was doing things to help us. At a certain point, he just stopped. Next, we heard he was running for Mayor and he won! But, our pleas have been falling on deaf ears since.
    Not criticizing but, we are a majority senior community and the senior residential areas are full. The units that are income based? They are only a few in the new communities. Should we lose our homes, where will we go? We generated close to $2 million for the year 2022. Our charges went up again (4 times since 2015) and there is no accountability for any of it. Went up again this year, so we’re pulling way more, but we were told that we are responsible for the plumbing when the main lines have been breaking for the past nearly 2 years. With our Mortgage being paid in full as of 2011. Our monthly charges go for overhead and maintenance. We’ve been told our paperwork says that we agreed to the plumbing being performed by us. I’ve requested to view these documents, for the only way to alter this rule is by a vote of the entire membership. I’ve been here since 2012. Never happened and we’re being denied access.
    Is there no hope for us? We have some Section 8 members here, yet HUD says that they can’t help us. Can’t seem to get enough members to understand the power of standing together. I’ve been a target since 2013.
    If you can’t help us save our homes of 50+ years, please point us out to someone or entity that can/will or at least come and help us come together and fight. We have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday the 29th of March at 6:30 pm. The management has a habit of telling security to evict us should we not stop talking to our members. The meetings are about us. We need help. I’ve been made the bad guy. Our monthly charges are what’s maintaining this property. Please view this link. https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/dekalb-residents-despair-after-property-sell/137856783/
    This story is what we’re trying to prevent. We’re the only Cooperative in Atlanta that owns their property. Is there really no one? HUD says we need to hire Attorney because we’re no longer in the Federal database. We paid for our property. Go to the Fulton County Tax Assessors site and look up 405 Fairburn Rd SW owners. You’ll see that the owners are “001 – 269”
    Praying for help.

  2. Here we go another controversy in the city of Atlanta Georgia really people need to take the time to read in between the lies. The development of Forest Cove Apartments will stop by the city of Atlanta and the reason why is that property is a gold mine they’re trying to take the property from the owner for Little or nothing. The owner of the property did exactly what was outlined in the agreement in order to receive funding. They do this for a living, but the existing Mayor and his ministration of people are doing something crooked. Just like cop city people were getting paid underneath the table. It would all come out soon. The feds are watching as well If you check all previous contracts and agreement, the cities backed up of the deal so they can underhandedly take the property from millennia housing authority. Do your research I did.

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