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Residents Fear Lewisville Housing Complex Sale

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LEWISVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) - Eleven months after a deadly gas explosion destroyed a home in Lewisville, the remaining residents at the low-income assistance complex have been told that they must move out.

The nonprofit Christian Community Action is selling the property on East Main Street. The sale is expected to be finalized sometime in January, giving the seven families who still live there a little more than a month to find a new place to live.

Interim CCA President Bill Dandridge said, “It was the single most difficult conversation I’ve ever had in my life. To look at those families and tell them we are going to work with them and find a solution, but that this particular piece of property is something we no longer felt was in our best interest to own.”

Dandrige said that the property had become too expensive to maintain, and the money from selling it could go a lot further in helping more families in need if used elsewhere.

However, many of the residents said that they have no place to go. “There’s no place in Lewisville that accepts low-income people,” said resident Janet Elenbaas, who has lived at the apartments for four years. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. If my car was running, I’d live in there. I’m very scared.”

Elenbaas, whose only source of income is her disability check, said that she feels as if the CCA has turned its back on her and her neighbors. Dandridge said the CCA has not, and that they will make sure the residents all have a new place to live.

“Those families will not end up on the streets,” he said. “At the end of the day, we will take care of our people, and they are our people.”

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