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Families kicked out of apartment complex in Kenton Co.

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More than 50 families are getting kicked out of their homes at Heritage Park Apartments in Independence.

The property is about to be condemned by the State Fire Marshal due to poor living conditions.

Tenants were notified Tuesday they have to vacant by Sept. 30, less than two weeks away.

"It's not right," said renter Joshua Jeffers.

"Least 90 [days] so we can save the money up to find us an apartment because like everybody said you can't find a place once they found out you lived here."

Heritage Park is known for its rundown and abandoned apartments. Tenants say black mold is in the walls, ceilings are crumbling and bed bugs have been reported.

Lakeside Christian Church is trying to help the families connect with outside resources to temporarily re-locate while they look for a new place.

"We are neighbors here," said church member Erica Ronnebaum. "We just want to make sure that these families know that somebody cares and that there is somebody working to coordinate some efforts, to find some finances, to find places to go."

Lakeside Christian Church is setting up an information tent Thursday morning for tenants to ask questions and connect with shelters and service organizations in the community.

The new manager of Heritage Park, Gorge Fels, told FOX19 over the phone he was hired by the owner Standard Insurance Company as a crisis manager to turn the property into upscale multi-family units.

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