Enforcement of federal guidelines concerns Glenwood Springs seniors
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Some senior citizens at the Manor Glenwood and Manor Two subsidized senior housing complexes are concerned over a pet deposit and other pet restrictions now being enforced.
One elderly resident wonders if a senior citizen with a 13-year-old blind heeler in Manor Two will have to get rid of his dog.
She said the rules were posted on a bulletin board about a week ago and a lot of people are concerned that they’ll now have to pay $300 pet deposits and aren’t allowed any dogs heavier than 25 pounds.
The notice says if residents break any of the rules they will be evicted, the woman said. She didn’t want to be identified because she can’t move elsewhere and afford nonsubsidized rentals.
Diana Heinicke, with the Monroe Group that manages the properties, said that because the housing is subsidized through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the manager is required to enforce HUD guidelines including the deposit, weight restrictions and spaying and neutering and parasite checks for all pets.
“They are enforcing rules for the property that we’re required to follow,” she said. “It’s not like we’re trying to come down on the seniors and their pets. I know it’s tough for them.”
She acknowledged that previous managers may not have enforced all the guidelines in the same way but said, “I can’t really say what the old manager did or did not enforce.”
Heinicke said seniors can pay the pet deposits in a payment plan of $50 initially followed by $10 payments each month. She said Thursday she spoke to the manager and there didn’t appear to be any dogs heavier than 25 pounds that would be forced out.
“It shouldn’t be a problem for anyone,” she said.
The elderly resident said the pet deposits are a concern since most residents have very little money. She said she gets $739 a month from social security payments. She went with the monthly payment plan so she could keep her Chihuahua.
The son of another resident, Manuel De La Paz, said managers in the past have had lax attitudes about seniors having dogs and a new manager is enforcing rules that weren’t enforced or even mentioned for years.
He said, “Now all of a sudden everybody’s being hit hard. They’re now trying to come up with the $300 from a limited budget to keep the pets that are now a part of their family.”
Heinicke said, “We’re required to enforce HUD rules as a property management company. I know they’re upset about it but we’re just trying to follow the rules.”
There are about 30 housing units at Manor One and 46 units at Manor Two. Residents receive varying amounts of rental subsidy based on their financial situations.
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
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