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Section 8 tenants kicked out of NW building

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(WJLA) - Kevin Rogers and many of his neighbors have lived in their Section 8, subsidized-rent building at 401 K Street Northwest, for decades.

But now, they have received letters suggesting their days may be numbered.

"People with low incomes are being pushed out," says Rogers.

"There  is nowhere for us to go on account of our incomes," adds Vera Watson.

The letter from W.H.H. Trice & Company, which owns their building, says this letter is to notify them that the company does not intend to renew the current Section 8 contract when it expires.

The residents are living in the middle of one of D.C.’s hottest new real estate sectors, and new buildings have sprung up on three sides. In this one, the cheapest one-bedroom apartment is $2,227 a month.

But many of those who are living at 401 K Street have incomes of less than $10,000 a year.

"The mayor says he has 67 cranes going up in the District of Columbia, and every one is pushing somebody out or making somebody homeless," says Rogers.

When the building’s Section 8 status ends in September, the tenants will be given vouchers to stay, unless the owners decide to demolish the building, which could happen. Or, they must move elsewhere if they can find a place.

The Tenants Association has called a meeting for Tuesday night, trying to craft a strategy to save their building. ABC 7 has yet to receive a response from W.H.H. Trice, based in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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