By RAYMOND L. SMITH
WARREN - Julie Jackson has signs on her windows at 207 Atlantic that read: "People do live here. Do not enter."
After seven years living in the single-family Warren Neighborhood Redevelopment Inc. home, Jackson is moving to Cleveland, in part because of her concern about the financial condition of the housing agency.
Jackson said she was not surprised when she heard that her home was one of three Warren Neighborhood Redevelopment Inc. parcels in foreclosure because the company has failed to pay back property taxes.
Trumbull County Treasurer Sam Lamancusa reports another 18 Warren Redevelopment tax credit properties are facing possible foreclosures over the next year.
According to its 2012 tax duplicate, $4,590.03 is owed to the county in property taxes for the home. Of that amount, $4,149 is delinquent real estate taxes.
Warren Neighborhood Redevelopment is a for-profit subsidiary of the nonprofit Sunshine of Warren Trumbull Inc. Earlier this year, Lamancusa informed Sunshine Director Anthony Iannucci Jr. that 59 Sunshine properties were behind in their property taxes. At the time, Lamancusa said the county was owed $188,600 in back taxes and fines.
Since that time, Iannucci reported that some of the taxes have been repaid.
He said that Sunshine has been working with its primary lender, Huntington Bank, to renegotiate its loans in order to lower its monthly payments, so more of its money can be geared to the back property taxes.
Jackson said her Warren Redevelopment home, although she's generally pleased with the service she has received in recent years, for a long time she battled rats digging into her basement, an uneven basement floor with cracks in it and slow repairs.
"In the last two years, Hallmark Management has had an exterminator come to my house once a month to place new bait around it," she said.
When her hot water tank went out, Jackson said she had to move her family away for more than a week while they attempted to get a part to repair it.
"They eventually purchased a new tank," Jackson said.
Jackson said her relationship with Warren Redevelopment's management company, Hallmark, overall has been positive.
"If I was rating them, I'd give them an 8 out of 10," she said. "If I had problems with one person, there always was someone else I could go to."
Two other Warren Neighborhood Redevelopment Inc. homes, 609 Fairfield and 426 Atlantic, each are facing foreclosures because of the organization's failure to pay $5,082.57 and $5,204.82 on their property taxes.
There are 12 Warren Redevelopment properties on Atlantic, Belmont, Pacific Mercer Court and Adams that will be certified delinquent this year, the county treasurer's office does not receive a response from the organization making payment arrangements. Foreclosure procedures on those properties could begin sometime in 2014.
Six other properties could be placed in foreclosure if Warren Neighborhood Redevelopment does make payment arrangements.
Connie Jones, who lives at 223 Belmont, was disappointed to learn that the house's property taxes were delinquent.
"In November I will have lived here for six years," Jones said. "I'm on Section 8, so I know my rent is paid every month."
Although her home would not face foreclosure action until sometime in 2014 if Warren First Home does not make any payment, Jones said the company should notify tenants of anything that could affect their living status.
"I like this house and I don't want to move," she said. "I raised my children in this house. My grandchildren visit here."
Pictures of her children, Jesus, and other decorations adorn the walls of the home. Jackson said her family painted the interior walls and made other improvements to make it personal.
"Last March, they (Warren Redevelopment) measured the floors for new carpeting," she said. "I questioned why it has taken so long for them to put them in."
Lamancusa described the majority of the Warren Neighborhood Redevelopment Homes with back property taxes have been delinquent for at least three years. None currently are under a repayment plan.
"They don't have all of the answers," Lamancusa said on Sunshine's effort to begin a repayment plan on its existing back taxes.
"We've set a meeting with Sunshine representatives for the second Wednesday in August so we can go over everything."