Grandmother to be Evicted from Home for Gang Activity

Not the actual grandmother

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Mystery neighbors are saying a Denver grandmother has gunshots going off in her apartment. Jeannetta Holden, 59 years old and a resident in the same apartment for 30 years, was served with eviction papers based on allegations of  gang related activity such as selling drugs and shooting guns.

These papers were served by Gibraltar Property Management — the company overseeing Holden’s apartment complex. Holden maintains that these things are not true saying, “I don’t gang bang. I don’t sell drugs. And I definitely don’t shoot guns. Never owned a gun in my life.”

Holden wrote back to Gibraltar Property Management asking for proof of the charges brought against her, and a manager wrote her back saying that they had received more than one letter about her rowdy behavior and one police report. Based on research done by NBC news, however, it looks like the grandmother of twelve is the one telling the truth. NBC’s investigation did not turn up any police reports concerning illegal activity at Holden’s apartment, and none of the five neighbors they spoke to had any complaints about Holden.

The grandmother just hopes that the eviction will be repealed. All she has to say at this point is “I’ve been here for 30 years. I raised my children here. I’m poor, and I just want to defend myself.”

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.



8 responses to “Grandmother to be Evicted from Home for Gang Activity

  1. If they have no police roports or written reports they can produce then they need to leave her alone.

  2. Now, there is a lawsuit for defamation of character after they happily took her rental fees for 30 years.

  3. I would advise the grandmother to seek out a law firm willing to sue the property management company for intentionally making false allegations that have caused her undue pain and suffering, i.e. stress, uncertainty of future living accommodations, serving an unwarranted eviction notice as well as sullying her good name with undocumented defamatory accusations of being a thug or gang-banger and/or promoting thuggish behavior with no evidence thus far noted to back it up.

  4. It sounds like this grandmother is being pick on? Only question is why? It is clear the paying of rent is not the problem, for she not have been. able to remain at that location for some 30 years! This story smells. What is the motive of this apparently. hidden motive(s) of the management at this complex to rid themselves of this longstanding. resiident????


    • I agree with you. She must be on Low Rent. They may be want to rent that apt for more money. All these years there something is very funny. She need help.

  5. Maybe she is not paying the high amount of rent so they want her out so they can rent the apartment for a higher amount. or maybe they are trying to sell the building and want her out.

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