Tenants facing eviction at the Glenbrook Apartments may get a break due to a “generous donation” from the Chobani Foundation, according to Julianne Donnelly-Tzul, executive director of International Rescue Committee of Boise.
The new owners of the complex, Mark and Caran Daly, of Eagle, intend to renovate the building and up the rents from $575 and $650 to respectively $900 and $1,000. Verity Property Management, which operates the complex, issued 30-day notices to vacate in September.
Most of the residents living in the complex near the intersection of South Curtis Road and Cassia Street are refugees and get by on low incomes. Approximately 70 of the 112 apartments are still occupied. Those who had not paid rent for the full month of October got three-day eviction notices Wednesday, Donnelly-Tzul said.
Even those who have found a place to move to are in a bind, she said.
“I think there are quite a few people who are moving on, but if they don't pay Verity (October’s rent) they will get nailed with late-fees and payments,” Donnelly-Tzul said.
Though Donnelly-Tzul didn’t disclose the exact amount Chobani was donating, she said the funds would go far.
“I think we'll be able to help pretty much everyone. That is my hope,” she said. “By doing this we’re buying some time and also protecting (the tenants’) credit and rental history so they can be successful in moving.”
Chobani has connections to Idaho. Its second plant is based in Twin Falls. The foundation focuses much of its efforts on supporting refugees at the local, state, national and global level, according to a Chobani spokesperson.