Hello my name is Darnell Griffen. Our mom and dad suffered a fire in January of 2022. Statewide Restoration out of Kent, WA showed up the next day claiming they could restore the home 6 months. My parents wanted to get back into their home as soon as possible, so they agreed to work with Statewide. The work began in February with empty promises and minimal progress towards a 10/1 move in date.
On Friday, 9/16 the project manager notified us that Statewide was shutting down and was not going to do any more work on the house. They left my parent’s home completely torn apart and down to the studs.
As we started reaching out to other contractors to get bids, we connected with the original general contractor who worked on the house. He stated he was not interested because Statewide owe’s him $678K. Statewide was paid for the work he did and never paid him; now he’s threatening to lien their home. Majority of the contractors were never paid, including the dumpster company that emptied a full load onto my parents driveway, this alone cost $2K to clean-up.
We’ve since hired a new contract who will be working hard to get them back into their home, but the budget is tight since Statewide was paid $55K for work they did not complete and/or has to be fixed after inspections.
This is affecting hundreds of other families and contractors. We’ve been part of a large group chat where other families are reporting contractors going into their homes and removing cabinets, bathtubs, and other materials to try and recoup their costs. After hearing this, we immediately removed the lock box.
We’re working with insurance, attorneys, and the Media (Jesse) to bring as much attention to the corrupt and deceitful company Statewide Restoration. Jesse will be reporting on the Statewide closure and its impact on families this evening.
My parent’s home is down to only studs and their housing allowance will run out on October 28th. They have 5 weeks to finish their home or risk becoming houseless. Our biggest concern now is making sure our parent have a safe place to stay in the event the restoration extends past their housing budget. Anything you can help my parents with they will be grateful for. Any questions for me feel free to ask.