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City leaders begin fundraiser for Emerald Towers residents forced out

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Emerald Towers Apartments sends more than 70 seniors packing under the direction of new management for renovations. (KOAA) Emerald Towers Apartments sends more than 70 seniors packing under the direction of new management for renovations. (KOAA)
COLORADO SPRINGS -

City leaders met again Wednesday afternoon to discuss options for seniors being kicked out of their apartment complex.

As News5 has been reporting, two weeks ago, about 70 seniors were given a 30 day notice to move out of the Emerald Towers apartments permanently while they undergo renovations.

City Council President Richard Skorman met with community leaders and organizations including Silver Key.

"They just don't have the emotional or financial reserve to move on a readily basis, they just don't," Dawn Halliburton-Rudy, board chair of the Coalition for Compassion and Action said.

Skorman says all but five of these residents have found other places to live thanks to a housing fair and help from these resources coming forward.

Many have provided donations and offered help with moving, but right now, this group of leaders is working to raise $35,000 to go towards security deposits, first month's rent and moving expenses. 

"We're trying to make sure that all of their needs are taken care of," Skorman said. "It's one thing to have a place to move to, it's another to be able to afford to move or to understand what's going to be facing them when they have to move."

If you'd like to donate to help the residents forced to leave the Emerald Towers apartment complex, click here.

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