Federally sponsored properties owned by Millennia of Cleveland plagued with issues, report says

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland apartment giant Millennia Companies has been the subject of numerous complaints from tenants and officials about the condition of the properties they own, manage and receive federal grants for programs to provide affordable housing to the poor, according to reports from the Houston Chronicle on Thursday released.

In a series of stories called “living hell” The Chronicle described problems with Millennia complexes in Texas, Missouri, and Florida where people received federal help to pay rent. The company is awarded rental subsidy contracts with the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a minimum of $ 137 million per year.

The Chronicle reported for 12 months, interviewed tenants and attorneys, and browsed thousands of local, state, and federal records.

It was reported that inspectors found mold, expired fire extinguishers, broken smoke alarms, and other potentially dangerous conditions on the real estate giant’s properties. Tenants have complained about issues like mold, insects, and sewer security, but the company hasn’t always fixed them, according to the report.

The package also talked about a federal audit of a Millennia property in Kansas City that found the company owed HUD tens of thousands of dollars. The company denies HUD’s audit method and how much it owes, according to Chronicle.

The newspaper also reported unpaid bills to contractors and a story of a Kansas City whistleblower who said the company ignored work orders for complaints about mold and other issues. When inspectors, tenants, and officials reported problems, Millennia continued to win HUD contracts, the coverage showed.

The plays also detailed how a complex network of local, state, and federal systems that oversee housing and development failed, allowing tenants to live in substandard and potentially dangerous conditions.

In addition to affordable housing, Millennia Companies owns downtown Cleveland Key tower and uses the building as the headquarters. It is in the midst of adding apartments 75 Public space and plans to do the same for The centenary, formerly known as the Huntington Building, on East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue.

It also owns the historic Garfield buildingThis is where the high-end steak restaurant Marble Room is located.

The Millennia spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer. Founder and CEO Frank Sinito wrote in a letter to Chronicle that his company “is committed to maintaining affordable housing despite the challenges associated with buying heavily used and declining residential buildings.

“We believe that maintaining this housing stock is vital to ensure that people of all income levels have affordable, high quality housing. As a demonstration of this commitment, we’ve included examples of successful remodeling and updating of apartment developments such as Englewood Apartments (in Kansas City), ”Sinito wrote. “To the extent that there are areas where we can improve, we have done so and are determined to continue doing so in the future.”