Peering through glasses, 52-year-old Tyrone Goodwin reread the first lines of a letter from his apartment management company, Aishel Real Estate.
The letter was dated Oct. 27, 2017, just four days before the subsidy for his one-bedroom apartment in Homewood was to end. And this was the first he’d heard from the landlord of his Bethesda-Homewood property about it.
“‘As you are aware?’” Goodwin asked aloud.
For 14 years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] had been paying a portion of Goodwin’s rent because he earned limited income as an independent bookkeeper. The owner of his Tioga Street apartment building, Homewood Residential, LP, had contracted with HUD to subsidize rent in its Bethesda-Homewood portfolio, which included this and 31 other properties spread across Homewood, Larimer and Garfield. Aishel Real Estate, located in Wilkinsburg, had managed the properties since 2012.
Now that the contract between HUD and Homewood Residential was being terminated, and upon news of a change in ownership, Goodwin, along with up to 400 other tenants, wondered if he’d be losing his home. Many of the Homewood tenants were lifelong residents of the neighborhood who didn’t know, as winter approached, where they’d move or how soon they’d need to go.
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