Investigation into accused ‘slumlord’ apartment owner continues after federal inspection

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The investigation continues into the owner of several Indianapolis apartment complexes accused of letting government subsidized housing fall into disrepair.

On Wednesday, federal agents inspected one south side apartment complex operated by the religious non-profit group that has been called a slumlord by one U.S. Senator.

The controversial ownership group called Global Ministries Foundation owns five apartment complexes around Indianapolis.

With trash piled on porches, from the outside the Stonekey apartments are a dirty mess, but inside residents say holes in the walls hide a rat infestation.

“Me personally, I had rats in my kitchen, with holes behind the fridge and places behind the stove,” said one former resident who asked not to be identified.

Pictures sent by one former resident shows claims of rats, both alive and dead, in the apartments are not make believe, nor are the problems of bugs and black mold.

“I hope they shut the apartments down and start something new,” said the former resident.

On Tuesday, agents from the office of the Inspector General of HUD, the federal agency that pays rent on low income units, inspected the Stonekey apartments.

Stonekey is owned by Memphis-based Global Ministries Foundation, an organization that Florida senator Marco Rubio has called a slumlord in several states.

This week federal housing investigators also served search warrants at GMF headquarters in Tennessee.

GMF owns the Peppermill Farms apartments, the Stone Lake apartments, the Berkley Common apartments and the Mann Village apartments in Indianapolis.

At Mann Village blue tarps can be seen covering the roofs over several units.

GMF is being asked to repay more than $600,000 to the Indianapolis Housing Agency for allegedly failing to provide safe or sanitary housing.

“Every low income is not going to be perfect, but living like that is not right with mold, rats and bugs,” said one former resident.

A spokesperson for GMF did issue a statement that read in part, “GMF is fully cooperating with recent HUD inquiries and requests for documentation.   GMF remains focused and committed to its mission to provide housing to some of America’s families most in need of safe, affordable housing.”

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