Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

50% Rent Hike Plan Upsets Tenants.(Final)

Byline: Barbara Chavez Journal Staff Writer

HUD Subsidized Former Owner

Disabled veterans and others living in a subsidized housing complex on East Central say they will be looking for new homes if the owner follows through with a rent increase of more than 50 percent on Aug. 1.

Some of the nine tenants are especially angry because the owner is St. Martin's Hospitality Center Inc., a private nonprofit agency that helps people who cannot qualify for traditional housing.

"What they are doing to us is contrary to their mission statement," said Steve De Wolf, a disabled veteran who has lived in the complex for five years.

St. Martin's officials have said they do not want to put their tenants out on the street and, in fact, are trying to work with them. …

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