COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Emerald Towers is a 55-and-older apartment community that has been around since the 1960s.
This month, residents of each of the 73 apartments got an eviction note pinned to the door, saying they needed to be moved out within 60 days. The apartment complex offered $500 if they could move out within 21 days.
On Thursday, Colorado Springs City Council President Richard Skorman, District 3 County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf, and various organizations from around the area met to discuss what they can do to help.
Skorman said the city is looking at about a 15,000-unit shortage for seniors over the next few years.
Nancy, who did not want to give her last name, lives at Emerald Towers. She said she found another place to live, but they might not have a unit available until February.
“I have a plan in place if push comes to shove, but I hope it doesn’t,” Nancy said.
Some at the meeting said the lack of affordable housing in southern Colorado isn’t just an Emerald Towers issue.
“This is hurting, not only our seniors, but this is hurting honest, hardworking people who want a place to call home,” one attendee said.
“We need to figure out ways, every way we can, to build more affordable housing in this community, and we need to get it done as soon as we can,” he said.
The Coalition for Compassion and Action is taking the reins of fundraising and providing support for the seniors who are facing this emergency. The coalition’s board chair said she’s happy with how Skorman and VanderWerf are helping.
“Many of these people don’t have places to go, they don’t have family in the area, they don’t have money,” Dawn Halliburton-Rudy, Board Chair of Coalition for Compassion and Action, said.
The coalition is asking for volunteers to help residents move out of their apartments. They are also accepting monetary donations.>> Tap here for more information on how you can help.