Colorado Springs Gazette – by Jakob Rodgers

A fundraiser is underway to help the dozens of seniors facing eviction from the Emerald Towers apartment complex.

Colorado Springs City Council President Richard Skorman is leading the effort, along with the nonprofit Blackbird Outreach, to raise at least $1,000 for each person displaced at the Ivywild building and in need of assistance.

Up to three-dozen people could need that help, Skorman said.

“It’s an emergency situation,” he said. “And it’s one where the people are very vulnerable.”

The six-story Emerald Towers Apartments pictured Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, were built in 1967. Residents at the 55-plus apartment received eviction notices Wednesday afternoon. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

The residents were told Nov. 8 that they had to leave the apartment building within 60 days after it was bought by a New York developer. The issue has highlighted the city’s glaring need for affordable housing amid a red-hot real estate and rental market.

The new owner’s management company, Apartment Management Consultants, have since offered to extend that deadline on a “case-by-case basis.”

However, Emerald Towers’ residents – some of whom have lived there for decades – say the move has left them scrambling to avoid being homeless after the holidays. Money for moving costs, as well as security deposits, tops the list of needs, Skorman said.

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