• Petitioning Rep Eileen Cody

This petition will be delivered to:

Washington State Legislature
Rep Eileen Cody
Seattle HUD
Harlan Stewart
Seattle HUD
Diane C. Schooley
WA Dept of Health
Paul Davis
City of Seattle
Merle Weiss
President, SHAG Board of Directors
Jim Sullivan
Seattle HUD
Ann M. Becker
SHAG Executive Director
Jay Woolford
SHAG Past Board President
Mark Albertson
Senator Patty Murray's Office
Ed O'Neill
Manager, SHAG Arrowhead Gardens
Kim Davis
HHS Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius
Mayor, City of Seattle
Mike McGinn
Seattle HUD
Katherine Keul (Seattle HUD)
Regional Director, Seattle HUD Regional Office
Mary McBride (Regional Director, Seattle HUD Regional Office)
Washington Governor
President of the United States
Washington State Senate
Washington State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

SEATTLE: BOYCOTT SHAG (SENIOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE GROUP) PROPERTIES

    1. Carol Tucker
    2. Petition by

      Carol Tucker

      Ocean Shores, WA

In March 2011, I moved into a Senior/Disabled community in Seattle, Arrowhead Gardens, because they claimed it is a non-smoking property. Arrowhead Gardens is managed by SHAG (Senior Housing Assistance Group), a/k/a Independent Living, and they have turned out to be nothing more than yet another greedy, profit-motivated slum lord, whose employees are corporate thugs who bully senior/disabled tenants who stand up to them. SHAG began deliberately renting to smokers, alcoholics, addicts, and other low-lifes, and lied to government agencies such as HUD and the Washington Dept of Health, claiming it is a non-smoking property. SHAG also lies to prospective and current tenants, falsely claiming they can't discriminate against smokers, which is a completely and utter falsehood, as smokers are not a protected class, though Seniors and the Disabled most certainly are protected classes, and SHAG then lied to the Better Business Bureau about ever having said that. Tenants are required to sign documentation agreeing not to smoke in their apt or within 25 feet of the property, but SHAG doesn't enforce this, and in fact, their own employees smoke on the property. Smoking is a serious addiction, and smokers will deliberately lie and do whatever it takes to "get their fix," their instant gratification. What about MY rights? What about the fact that I was told this is a non-smoking property? This is a SENIOR COMMUNITY, and there are many residents here with respiratory disorders. This is a serious health hazard, and needs to be addressed immediately, and NOT in favor of the SMOKERS and the for-profit landlords who deliberately rent to them.

Recently the low-lifes got liquored up, and though they shouldn't have even known where I live or which tenants have complained about the smoking, stood below my windows deliberately blowing smoke in my windows for the sole purpose of instigating an altercation with me, and SHAG did nothing but further egg them on. The ground below my apt is littered with cigarette butts, and as if the smoke isn't bad enough, city bus, truck, and car exhaust fumes constantly blow through my windows night and day. SHAG has done nothing but lie to me, bully me, and try to intimidate me. I've been diagnosed with asthma and COPD since living here, which is not under control and won't be as long as I live here, and submitted an ADA Accommodation Request with proper medical documentation requesting I be released from my lease. I've lived in apts my entire life and NEVER has a landlord ever treated me this way or refused to release me from a lease. And in addition to being bullied by SHAG and the low-lifes they've rented to, the property is not gated, homeless drunks stagger through the property day and night, and the police have been here many times. I moved into a Senior/Disabled community so I wouldn't be exposed to such an unhealthy, unsafe environment, and I never would have moved here to begin with had SHAG been honest and a decent landlord, but I guess that's too much to expect from a profit-motivated corporation these days.

Keven Ruf is SHAG's appointed corporate bully. He refuses to communicate with me in writing, which is my legal right to request, in retaliation for my filing complaints and copying e-mails to HUD. SHAG is guilty as sin, and clearly doesn't want their dirty laundry aired in public. Keven is trying to coerce and intimidate me into meeting with him in person, which I flat out refuse, and insist on written communications, but he stubbornly refuses. SHAG cares nothing for the health and welfare of its residents. All they care about is money, and they are hooked like crack on all that Federal government Section 8 money.

SHAG is bad for Seniors/Disabled and bad for Seattle, and should be run out of town on a rail.

Therefore, please e-mail the government and SHAG employees below and demand that SHAG be held accountable for:

Refusing to communicate with tenants in writing;

Lying to the Better Business Bureau, government agencies, and current and prospective employees about this being a non-smoking community and that they "can't discriminate against smokers;"

Not enforcing their own policies and refusing to enforce their own policies and Washington State Secondhand-Smoking-in-Public-Places Laws among residents and their own employees;

Holding Senior/Disabled tenants hostage by refusing to release them from their leases even as an ADA Accommodation Request with proper medical documentation.

Government E-Mails:

mary.mcbride@hud.gov
kathleen.keul@hud.gov
kathleen.sebelius@hhs.gov
Ann.M.Becker@hud.gov
Diane.C.Schooley@hud.gov
harlan.stewart@hud.gov
Paul.Davis@doh.wa.gov
Ed_O'Neill@murray.senate.gov
Merle.Weiss@seattle.gov
mike.mcginn@seattle.gov
Eileen.Cody@leg.wa.gov

SHAG E-Mails:

mark@albertsonlaw.com
jim.sullivan.bwrk@statefarm.com
jayw@housing4seniors.com
kevenr@housing4seniors.com
melissaa@housing4seniors.com
janineb@housing4seniors.com

Thank you.

It's a matter of life and breath.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. SMOKING POLICY STILL NOT ENFORCED

      Carol Tucker
      Petition Organizer

      SHAG STILL FAILS TO ENFORCE SMOKING POLICY AFTER ALL THIS TIME!

      From:Carol
      To:kdavis@housing4seniors.com; Pamelab@housing4seniors.com; davidb@housing4seniors.com; cicyw@housing4seniors.com; frans@housing4seniors.com ; lindap@housing4seniors.com ; jayw@housing4seniors.com
      Sent:7/03/12
      Subj:Re:STOP SPRAYING CHEMICALS IN COMMON AREAS TO MASK SMOKE
      When I went down to check my mail&drop off my rent check tonight, the hallway is filled with smoke. YOU ARE NOT ENFORCING THE SMOKING POLICY.I'VE TOLD YOU BEFORE THAT SMOKING IS A SERIOUS ADDICTION& SMOKERS WON'T STOP SMOKING IN THEIR APTS.NICOTINE IS THEIR CRACK&CLEARLY, 203-C, 202-C, 226-C&OTHERS ON THIS FLOOR DO IT ON PURPOSE BECAUSE YOU'RE LETTING THEM GET AWAY WITH IT.YOU'RE IN VIOLATION OF THE SMOKING POLICY&MELISSA ANDERSON IS IN VIOLATION OF A KING CO DIST COURT JUDGE'S INSTRUCTIONS BY ORDERING YOU TO NOT RESPOND TO MY EMAILS,SO I'VE NO CHOICE BUT TO AGAIN POST THIS ALL OVER THE INTERNET, SO EXPECT TO RECEIVE E-MAILS FROM THE PUBLIC.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. I've also filed a WA Bar Association complaint against Mark Albertson.

      Carol Tucker
      Petition Organizer

      Below is email I sent this morning.
      I've doneMYpart.I've paid my rent forOct.Where's my"hand delivery?"SHAGmanaged to put calendars on everyone's door this weekend.This isn't "rocket science."Yes or no.Are you going to honor myADA AccommodationRequest& release me from my lease.SHAGis just deliberately stalling,as anything you provide in writing,by whatever means,can be posted publicly.This isn't a"private legal matter"while SHAGaccepts govtSection8 money.SHAGisNOTexempt from openness, transparency, and accountaccountability. I will continue filing complaints and exercising myConstitutional,legal&civil rights by publicly posting this matter until you stop wasting everyone's time and act responsibly.You've been provided w/sufficient documentation to approve my request,you've had plenty of time to approve it&all you've done is try to intimidate&coerce me into meeting withSHAG privately,which is inappropriate&avoid written communications.SHAG's reputation clearly means nothing to you.

    4. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Hebe Candelario SEATTLE, WA
      • about 1 month ago

      I WAS told this was a SMOKE FREE facility. I have asthma, and this was one of the very important reason I moved to the SHAG apt complex. They lied. Everything written above is true. I've had to walk out in the middle of the street, in the rain, with the transit buses driving by me and my dog, splashing water on us, while a woman smoker smoked UNDER the canopy on the property. I have reported this so many times and nothing is done. I now have lung disease, granted from an autoimmune disease, but exacerbated by the SMOKE. I am fortunate enough that I have family that is helping me move out of this place, otherwise I would stuck, like so many others.

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    • Adriane Lien SUMNER, WA
      • 3 months ago

      I have family in two separate SHAG complexes. I have tried to contact SHAG 3 times over concerns with the Renton complex that is outdated, smelly (not animal smelly but icky mold type smelly) with 1bdrm apts that are shoeboxed size. They refuse to communicate.

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    • Suzanne McCraw MT. VERNON, WA
      • 5 months ago

      I almost rented an apartment at the Federal Way location and began having funny feelings about it after having submitted extensive personal data because they said this was a "government program". I paid a $275 security deposit, but even though I revoked my application 3 business days later, they did not return it to me. Instead they wanted another $250 without telling me why. I have excellent credit and no evictions or problems of any kind. I thought this was going to be a nice option for me, but I am glad after reading about your situation that I listened to my instincts and did not activate a lease. I too, witnessed the smoking outside the building. its gross. Good luck with this petition.

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    • Valerie Westcott SEATTLE, WA
      • 6 months ago

      I went to apply to live at a SHAG complex as I was under 55 on disability. The stench of the place was overwhelming - and the smoking was obvious. The gal told me (Auburn Court), that they were going to start enforcing no smoking "but you just can't make people smoke." It was a depressing place.

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    • Marilyn Darrow BUCKLEY, WA
      • 9 months ago

      There are two elders living in two different SHAG facilities and I am concerned with the quality of both the housing and the integrity of SHAG.

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