New management replaces GMF at Warren, Tulane apartments - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

New management replaces GMF at Warren, Tulane apartments

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New management will take over two troubled Memphis apartment complexes Tuesday.

Congressman Steve Cohen and Florida Governor Marco Rubio teamed up, calling the Global Ministries Foundation "slumlords" for the way they managed properties in Memphis and in Florida.

Tuesday, GMF said it is fully cooperating with the federal government, but called the complaints against it false.

In February, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said GMF would have to help all residents of the Tulane and Warren Apartments relocate after they failed to clean up the apartments within a given time frame.

On May 18, a federal judge named Foresite Realty Management to oversee the apartments.  More than 1,000 residents will still be forced to move this summer.

In a letter, GMF said it has invested time and money into the troubled properties in Memphis and in Florida, but the response to historical challenges has been unsuccessful.

Cohen said these challenges pushed him to support Rubio's amendment that would allow HUD to respond more quickly to contract violations and find temporary housing for residents forced to move from poorly managed locations.

In the midst of this, GMF also faces the possibility of a criminal investigation focused on bank fraud.

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