EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – People living in Luther Lakeside Apartments in Eau Claire will have found a new place to live by June 30, 2023.
That’s because the property’s owner, Mayo Clinic Health System, is repurposing the property across from its Eau Claire Luther campus.
Although Mayo made the announcement in June 2022, the JONAH faith group recently decided to try to convince the hospital system to change course. So far it hasn’t worked.
“It’s a test. I’m 87 and as you get older it gets harder and harder to do this stuff,” said Bob Heagle, resident of Luther Lakeside Apartments.
He has lived on the property, which provides affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities, for about seven years.
Judi Moseley with JONAH said Heagle might be one of the lucky ones. She said 28 of her neighbors are still looking for new accommodation.
“We have too little housing to house the number of people who are employed and want to live in Eau Claire,” Moseley said. “And so the city estimates we’re already 500 units short to house our population, but now we’re going to be short 46 more units.”
Although Mayo owns the building, he has a contract with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Residents pay a reduced rate and HUD makes up the difference. After 40 years, Mayo does not renew the contract.
In a statement to WEAU, Jason Craig, regional chairman of Mayo Clinic Health System Administration in northwestern Wisconsin, said in part:
“Mayo Clinic Health System and Landmark Company, which manages the property, are committed to working with residents to facilitate this transition. Additionally, we arranged for the Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council to help current Luther Lakeside tenants look for new housing and plan their move, and provided each tenant with $2,500 to help them cope. to their expenses. Several tenants have already found new accommodation. We will continue to work with the remaining tenants.
While Moseley admits Mayo’s plans are a good business move, Heagle feels Mayo doesn’t realize what it’s doing to him and his neighbors.
“They should be more aware of the problems they present to us because of this situation,” Heagle said. “They don’t take us into account.”
Craig also said in his statement that the health system has yet to decide what to do with the property, but will help provide and expand health care services.
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