Update as of December 2, 2022:
The City of Dickinson has issued Emergency Orders for the abatement of Creekside Apartments located at 406 Deats due to ongoing public health life and safety issues. In September, the Building Standards Commission ordered property owners to present engineered plans within 60 days that would bring the property up to code and immediately address all public health life and safety violations on the property that posed an immediate danger to the residents who call Creekside Apartments home. Since that time, the property has continued to fall further into disrepair leaving residents without hot water and some units without electricity, amongst numerous other problems that pose an imminent danger to the health and well-being of the residents.
WHAT TO EXPECT & HOW TO PREPARE:
- The orders will give residents 30 days to relocate, effective when they are issued.
- The City is working with M.I. Lewis to help facilitate relocation efforts. To qualify for relocation assistance, residents will need to:
- Fill out the online application provided by M.I. Lewis at www.milewisctr.org/services-5
- Those without computer access can visit M.I. Lewis or the Dickinson Public Library to use available public computers
- Provide a copy of their current lease from Creekside Apartments, or proof of residency and rental payments
- Provide a proposed rent statement detailing their new rental rate and deposits needed to relocate
- Once residents have the information above, they can submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at M.I. Lewis at 245 FM 517 E in Dickinson. There is a night drop box available for after-hours submissions
- Staff will ask City Council to approve funding for relocation assistance at their December 13th City Council meeting. If approved, those funds would then be made available through M.I. Lewis to those residents who have met the criteria above.
LEGAL HELP FOR RESIDENTS:
All residents are encouraged to fill out the online application form, linked on our website, for Lonestar Legal Aid. These services are free, and the organization is currently representing numerous tenants and putting together a joint lawsuit against the property owners & management company for illegal actions by the management, failure of the management to address living conditions, illegal lease terms, etc.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The timing of this abatement has made this a very hard decision as a City, as we know the financial, mental, and emotional burden it will place on these residents right here during the holidays. We encourage anyone who would like to get involved with assisting these families in any capacity to please register through the M.I. Lewis website at www.milewisctr.org/creekside.
QUESTIONS & CONCERNS:
All of this information is fluid and subject to change, however, we will keep all information updated on our website (www.dickinsontexas.gov/creekside ), our social media (www.facebook.com/dickinsontexas), as well as a posted copy onsite at the property.