Complex: pastor bailed, now looking for help from other agencies
BATON ROUGE - Government agencies are taking a close look at an apartment complex where 30 people with mental challenges live.
Reginald Stewman, a Baton Rouge preacher, left these clients after he took part of their Social Security checks to pay for rent but never handed over the money to the apartment's management. Stewman left without paying $23,000 in back rent.
Now the managers at Brittany's Place, located of Burbank in Baton Rouge, are meeting with Adult Protective Services and Social Security.
"We're just going to have to take a loss for the last month," said Brittany's Place manager Lisa Landry.
Social Security paid a visit to the complex on Monday to interview clients, survey the property, and gave management a green light to continue taking care of the people until someone who is licensed can take over.
Earlier this year Stewman moved the group from another complex after a rent dispute, and owes $100,000 in back rent to that complex. He has since filed bankruptcy.
Brittany's Place is working with a non-profit organization to set up care for the 30 people, and has reached out to the Salvation Army and various food pantries for help.