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People displaced by fire at Highland Apartments will lose homes again

After March fire, some were temporarily relocated to Governor Springs Apartments

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – After a fire last month at Highland Apartments in Green Cove Springs left some people without homes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency temporarily relocated some of the residents to Governor Springs Apartments. 

ZiTeireya Eason and Keanna Brown lost their homes last month when their apartments were destroyed by the fire, which remains under investigation. 

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Eason and Brown were relocated to Governor Springs Apartments under a 30-day lease. 

But now, less than a month after the fire, Eason and Brown will be kicked out of their new homes within about a week.

The women received a notice from the Governor Springs Apartments, which reads, in part, "We cannot accept zero income applicants and/or tenants at this property."

And the women can’t go back to Highland Apartments because there are no more vacancies.

“I still don’t understand it,” Brown said. “I’m trying to get to an understanding, but I don’t.”

Added Eason, “Before the 30 days was up, eight days later, I get a notice put on my door saying that I have to the 28th of April -- which will be 30 days after the fire -- to find somewhere else to live with no help from them and nowhere to stay.”

So now, the women who already lost a home to fire will lose a temporary place to stay come next Friday.

“And I have two kids, so I have to find out a whole bunch of stuff,” Brown said.

Eason said, “I’m currently looking. Every place I’ve applied for and reached out to move, it’s more than a 30-day waiting list.”

Eason has another issue adding stress to the situation.

“I’m currently pregnant and from the stress of the fire and getting the notice, and having everything back to back, I was on the verge of losing my baby,” Eason said.

News4Jax contacted the woman who manages Governor Springs Apartments, but she has not yet replied.


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