A 59-year-old Denver grandmother faces eviction after her landlord accused her of gang-related activity.

Jeannetta Holden, who has lived in her apartment for 30 years, told Denver NBC affiliate KUSA that she lives a quiet life and often invites her 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren over for dinner.

But recently, the company which manages her apartment complex, Gibraltar Property Management, sent her an eviction notice alleging she violated her lease agreement by engaging in “drug-related criminal activity.” The company said in a follow-up letter that they have received more than one complaint of gun shots coming from Holden’s apartment.

“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 told KUSA.

One neighbor told the station that he complained about gun shots in the community, but the gunfire came from a different address. After conducting an online search of police records, the news station did not find any criminal reports tied to Holden’s address.

“It’s frustrating,” she said. “I want to see the proof.”
The management company declined to comment, according to news Web site The Grio.

Holden is unable to afford a lawyer and says she fears she’ll be kicked out of her home.

“I’ve been here for 30 years,” she said. “I raised my children here. I’m poor, and I just want to defend myself.”


Shernay Williams

Special to the AFRO