As some of you may already know, I was born in this hillbilly hellhole and I never liked living here for multiple reasons, hence why I left and stayed gone for the majority of my life. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of coming back, but it looks like I will be leaving again, shortly. But until then, I am going to continue with the series on Lynchburg, Virginia because it’s getting to some folks….and how!
An average of three families are threatened with eviction every day in Lynchburg, making it among the worst in the country for a city of its size, according to a new analysis of eviction records in the region.
Nearly nine out of every 100 renting households in the city faced a court-ordered eviction in 2016, giving it the ninth highest eviction rate among Virginian cities larger than 20,000 residents. Lynchburg renters faced eviction more than three-and-a-half times higher than the national average.
Throughout the course of 2016, 1,207 households were ordered to vacate their homes, according to the analysis by the Virginia Legal Aid Society. A year later, another 1,167 faced eviction.
But..but..but..the The Falwells and their ‘Moral Majority’ bullshit is sitting all up in Lynchburg, doing their ‘christian’ duty of making sure that their fellow man/woman/child who is living in poverty is getting some damn help. Right? Wrong!
Lynchburg is a city made up of two types of people; those who say, “Do as I say, not as I do,” and those who better do what they say..and they do. And then, there’s me. But I digress.
The reason why what is going down in Lynchburg is going down is because the whites here figure that not a one of these Black folks ever made it off the plantation. In fact, most Black folks in Lynchburg act like they never made it off the plantation. They are absolutely terrified of these whites here and with good reason. Since I have been back, I have been fighting like hell against these white sociopaths here who are wealthy beyond anyone’s wildest dreams thanks to slavery. Whites here own all the choice land, although truth be known, if you’re in this Hillybilly Cornhoe, you tell yourself everyday that there is no choice anything about this racist shithole. However, since whites own most of the property with the exception of a few Black folks who have licked some whites’ asses clean so many times, they’ve thrown them a bone or two, there are mostly ‘Old Money’ whites and poor Black folk, plus the poor whites that hang with the poor Black folks who the ‘Old Money’ whites consider to be ‘poor white trash’.
You see, Lynchburg was an experiment. It was the perfect place for one; nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains almost cut off from the rest of the world. In fact, right across the bridge from Lynchburg in Madison Heights, houses what was known as the Central Virginia Training Center and in that building, were housed those who were developmentally disabled and who were sent there by their parents or other family members who could not or did not want to take care of them. But that facility has since closed and the residents have all been placed in group homes. But let’s get back to why there are so many, mostly Black people, getting evicted.
The growing disparity between rich and poor and stagnating wages may also play a part in evictions. Between 1990 and 2016, median rents in Lynchburg rose 14% while wages decreased 5%, according to a report released earlier this year by the Lynchburg Regional Housing Collaborative
Tenants aren’t the only ones eager to avoid the courts. Property owners also dread appearing before a judge, according to Antonio Rose, a Lynchburg landlord who owns about two dozen rentals across the city.
Eviction paperwork is time consuming for landlords and the court process could take several weeks to resolve, he said. In the meantime, tenants may still be living in a rental unit without paying rent, cutting off a landlord’s source of income.
In some cases, Rose has opted to pay delinquent tenants to vacate his rentals — an informal workaround known among landlords as a “cash for key eviction.” He said he once offered a tenant $400 to move out.
“It saves time,” he said.
That bastard is one of Lynchburg’s worse slumlords. Antonio Rose owns rooming houses and few fucked up looking apartments and he treats his tenants like shit, but then so do damn near ALL landlord/slumlords in this damn burg. Now, Antonio Rose is Black and the stories I have heard about him would curl the devil’s toes as to how he also treats his tenants. But then who is surprised at what goes on especially if you have read any of my previous blogs about this damn shithole named Lynchburg.
Eviction orders also have trended down in recent years. Between 2013 — when judges awarded 1,412 evictions — and 2017, the number of court-ordered evictions orders dropped about 17%. But Lynchburg’s 8.62% eviction rate still exceeds national and state averages. According to Princeton’s Eviction Lab, the national eviction rate is 2.34% and the Virginia rate is 5.12%.
Now THAT is extremely telling. Now, read this while I weep!
Later this week a flurry of notices will appear in the mailboxes of residents living in Lynchburg’s four public housing complexes.
The notices carry a blunt message: If the rent is not paid within the next two weeks, your lease will be terminated.
Time after time, the housing authority has made good on that threat.
Over the past decade, no landlord in the city has moved to evict more residents than the Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, according to an analysis of more than 20,000 court records by The News & Advance.
Last year, the authority — which houses nearly 1,000 low-income residents across 328 apartments — filed eviction lawsuits against almost a third of all households, court records show.Dawn Fagan, the executive director of the LRHA, said the money the authority collects from rent is a crucial piece of what keeps the authority functioning. According to the authority’s 2018 financial plan, rent payments make up about a fifth of all revenue allocated for public housing. The federal government provides about $1.6 million in subsidies every year, while rent brings in another $500,000.
How in the world is a housing authority, governed by HUD, you know HUD, the agency responsible for funding housing for even HOMELESS PEOPLE, evicting so damn many people without a red flag popping up and someone saying, “Whoa, hold on a minute! What the fuck’s going on? You are supposed to be in the business of ‘housing’ people, not making them homeless. And why no working out what the problem is and finding solutions to keep people housed as opposed to throwing them into homelessness?”
And what has Lynchburg’s mayor said about any of this? Crickets are chirping because you see, as far as Lynchburg’s mayor is concerned, it’s just business as usual. Not one political figure has publicly stated one word about the serious issues of evictions, abject poverty, homelessness caused by evictions and so forth and so on. In fact, my cousin was heading to Baltimore and he caught a train and while he was waiting to catch the bus at 5:15am to the train station, a homeless woman approached him, pushing a shopping cart and since he was carrying sandwiches to eat on the train, he asked her if she wanted one. She thanked him politely and said that she had a few snacks and she went on her way, pushing the shopping cart in the street since there are hardly any sidewalks in this dead ass burg. But it brings me to another story that I read, a homeless man sat on a bus stop bench, right in front of my quack’s office and died. He just sat there and died and no one knew the man was dead until someone came along to sit at the bus stop waiting for a bus and discovered his dead body.
People, all of this is Lynchburg, Virginia. Tell your loved ones and even those whom you hate to STAY FAR, FAR AWAY FROM THIS SHITHOLE!!!!! And I cannot stress this enough! There is nothing here but racism, ignorance, hate, Jim Crow, homelessness, poverty, hypocrisy and a feudal system unlike anything you have ever heard of. In order to sue any whites in this burg, you have to go OUTSIDE of this dead ass, racist burg to find a lawyer willing to take these vile, vicious shits, head on and that is no lie!
Our mail is being fucked with as far as delivery is concerned. There is a target on this household because we are the ONLY two Black people in this dead ass, racist burg that have been going toe to toe with these damn vicious, lying, filthy racist, bottom feeding, scum sucking slugs. And until we get the fuck up out of here, it is war. I am using this blog to showcase just some of the fuckery that we have experienced since we have been here. But one thing about me is that they can dish it out to me, but goddamn it, I’m going to make you regret fucking with me. I was born here and so I know these worthless racist shits. I put nothing past them. And the latest blogs showcase just what I’ve been up against and why I got the hell out years ago. I am just sorry I came back. I am not giving these racists all the details about what I’m up to and so I will end this blog at that. But I cannot stress, do NOT even visit this hellhole which brings me to mention this, a man was on a train I was on heading for Baltimore. He was an elderly Black man and he was in much distress since he was telling the train ticket agent that he had just been released from the hospital and needed the train officials to alert a hospital in Baltimore to please have an ambulance waiting for him when the train arrived in Baltimore. The man had so many ‘alert’ bracelets on his arm, I was alarmed. But he sat on that train until it reached Baltimore and as I turned back upon exiting the train, a gurney was pulling up and he was being placed on it. That man had to get the fuck up out of Lynchburg to get the help he needed and I am sure that he will never grace Lynchburg with his presence ever again. And I am sure, as far as he is concerned, it is a case of, “Good riddance to racist garbage!”