28 Seattle families getting kicked out as city shuts down Aurora Ave. motel
SEATTLE -- There will be 28 Seattle families that will become displaced when the city's vacate order takes effect on the Aurora Avenue property where the Georgian Motel sits.
"I'm upset in the way that they did it," said Jennifer Allsion, the Georgian Motel's manager.
Allison has lived at the Georgian for a decade as well, and wishes the residents had more time to prepare for the future.
But crews from the Department of Construction and Inspections found 104 code violations at the Georgian, which also has a Department of Health correction order, according to DCI Director Nathan Torgelson.
On top of that, the owner has back bills for utilities that total nearly $22,000. The city says that owner has been taking advantage of a vulnerable population, adding that some residents pay around $1,000 per month for the Georgian.
The city authorized a vacate order that takes effect Thursday. All 28 families that live at the motel will have to leave. Crews will cut off power and water at 10am.
The city is providing a pathway for these tenants to get better housing, Torgelson says. Each resident will received around $4,300 of rental assistance. Social workers and the Union Gospel Mission also plan to assist any families who need advice or temporary housing.
But the uncertainty is scary for some of the families. Myrna Larson was homeless when she moved into the Georgian two years ago.
"I'm not healthy enough to stay on the street," she said. "This isn't happening."
DCI says those code violations could eventually go to the city's Law Department. The owner of the Georgian is subject to half of the tenant relocation fees.