Former councilman Frank Morrison bought the ponderosa apartments back in 2013, and said it was his mission to transform the community into livable conditions for people who are experiencing poverty and need a second chance in life. Morrison said he invested nearly 2 million dollars in to renovating the complex.
“We are keeping families together, we are keeping kids out of CPS and we are helping them keep on their feet and improve their life, but it’s expensive and we’re in a jam.” said Morrison.
The non-profit project allows for some residents to have financial leeway on their rent, depending on their situation. Morrison said there are three types of leases, given the circumstances of residents. In the past, Morrison has helped fill the gaps for the utility bills–The property currently has a $10,000 water bill due by November 7th. Property employee, Sandra Young said not everyone is pulling their weight.
“It’s only a hand full of people that pay their rent,” said Young. “With that being said, ‘what are we going to do from here?’.
Councilwoman Sheila Patterson has intervened with the Lubbock Housing Authority to help the residents coordinate other living arrangements if they choose to do so. Owner, Frank Morrison said what the property really needs is for residents to stay, pay their rent if they are able– and for the city to hopefully work with them.
“I believe we are going to be fine, I don’t know where the money is going to come from,” said Morrison. “I have faith that the good work we are doing here will be allowed to continue.”