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Apartment complex housing sex offenders will let family break lease

Councilman Doug Hawkins (R-District 25) Councilman Doug Hawkins (R-District 25)
Gwen Hawkins Gwen Hawkins
Gayle Collins Gayle Collins

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A parent wants to get out of a lease for an apartment shared with three small children. After moving in two months ago, the parent learned some frightening news.

"We have the highest concentration of sex offenders in the state in this one complex," Councilman Doug Hawkins (R-District 25) said.

Hawkins said 40 registered sex offenders live in the six-building apartment complex on Hackel Drive in Pleasure Ridge Park. This is part of his own District 25 and I made a call to the councilman after learning of the family's situation.

"When you all told us about this, we contacted Legal Aid and Legal Aid has worked very hard on this," Hawkins said.

Progress is being made on this case.

"We called the landlord and advised her of the situation. The landlord said there are sex offenders in the apartment complex, they have lived there about three years and no one has had a problem," said Gwen Horton, a Legal Aid attorney. "If she did perceive it was a problem for her and the health and safety of her children and herself, they had no problem with her being able to break her lease."

Gayle Collins works for Southwest Community Ministries at 9800 Stonestreet Road. The agency agreed to provide some transition assistance for the family.

"What we could provide for this young family is some assistance with their rent, assuming they stay in our service delivery area," Collins said.

If the family decides to move outside of the service area, Collins said they can be linked up with another Southwest Community Ministries location.

Thursday, the family said their next step is finding that new place to live.

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