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Lee apartment dwellers still searching for new homes after move out deadline

VIDEO: Lee apartment dwellers still searching for new homes after move out deadline

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Nearly two dozen apartments are still occupied at the Robert E. Lee apartment complex in Kingsport after residents were given a December 29 deadline to move out. That could hold up plans to demolish and reconstruct the public housing complex. KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Residents were initially given 90 days to search for a new place. However, a delay on vouchers left many with only three weeks to find another home. Close to 70 apartments have been vacated in that time.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Some of the people left in Lee apartments are getting ready to move. Donald Pierson said he will leave for a new home on January 2.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"We're satisfied with it,” Pierson said. “We went there and looked at it and everything. 3 bedroom, 2 bath house."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Pierson wanted to move to Bristol, but he couldn't find anywhere that would accommodate his four pets. He did not want to give them up.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"We're just attached to them,” Pierson said. “We didn't have anything to do except turn them outside.”

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Others are having a more difficult time finding a new home.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"I'm worried I'm going to be put out on the streets, because I won't have any place to go," resident Vicki Wilson said.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Wilson eventually moved into public housing after she lost her home two years ago.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"A heater had a short in it, and it caught fire and ended up burning my house to the ground," Wilson said.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}She and others are worried that they won't have anywhere to go soon.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"I'm scared,” Wilson said. “I don't want to be scared."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Residents tell us there are 23 apartments still occupied at the time of this post. Kingsport public housing officials are working to help residents transfer to other public or private housing. The vouchers account for how many family members will be in the home, and anyone with a voucher must be up to date on rent and utilities.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}WCYB will continue to follow this story.

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