Displaced Patten Towers Residents Still Need Help

Friday, June 7, 2013
Recent Chattanooga Patten Towers evacuees still need assistance. The Chattanooga Salvation Army and Chattanooga Red Cross have drained their local disaster relief budgets managing this crises and need donations to help to feed and house those displaced by the electrical fire at Patten Towers now. It's time to build them up and build them forward.

If an entire community was dislocated due to a fire on Lookout Mountain what would you do? Get on the horn and get something done - right? The residents of downtown Chattanooga need your help now

The 241 tenants, many of whom are low-income, elderly, disabled and mobility-impaired, have spent the last week sleeping on cots in a rec center's gym in Brainerd, after an electrical fire forced them to evacuate their homes. Workers from the Salvation Army and Red Cross have served more than 12,000 meals during the past week, supplied 11,000 blankets and towels, and conducted more than 600 medical checkups and over 150 counseling assistance services to residents. Patten Towers residents have been relocated from a temporary disaster relief shelter in Brainerd to temporary hotel voucher locations. But, their time and financial support for temporary housing and food relief is running out.

The owner of Patten Towers PK Management is in neglect of their contracts to provide housing and support to tenants due to faulty wiring in the apartments at Patten Towers. The hotels closest to the Patten Towers are all booked for the Riverbend Festival. Both the Red Cross and Salvation Army are working with government disaster relief organizations to help accommodate the need for temporary housing. Local and government organizations are meeting to manage the housing and food needs of the tenants displaced again on June 7.

You can do a little something to help the families that have been devastated by fire living in downtown Chattanooga - today. $5, $10, $20, a bundle of canned food, an offering of fresh produce , an hour of volunteer time - there is an opportunity for every one to help.

Donate food to the Chattanooga food bank. Non-perishable items are always welcome. The Food Bank is the primary contact for food needs to this displaced community. Those in need call to see if there is food available on a daily basis.

Everett Heritage Farm will deliver donations to the Food Bank this Saturday from the Brainerd Farmers Market. Market hours are from 10 a.m. to noon. The Farmers Market is located at Grace Episcopal Church - Belvoir and Brainerd Road.

Customers can provide canned foods.

Farmers with an excess bounty can drop off fresh produce as well.

CSA and farmers Market customers can donate and gift fresh food too.

You can also donate money directly. Their dollar goes further than yours.
http://www.chattfoodbank.org/give/donate/

Following are links to donate directly to local Red Cross and Salvation Army chapters:
http://www.csarmy.org/donate.asp (look for links below the red bucket)
https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod60003

The fire that dislocated this community was caused by faulty electrical wiring. Chattanooga's Mayor Andy Berke called it "deplorable and unacceptable." Please feel free to contact PK Management and express your concerns of their neglect to fulfill their contracted responsibility to tenants for the electrical fire at Patten Towers. 

Patten Towers Property Manager:
ROBERT KRIENSKY - Principal Pk Managment
Corporate Office - 880 South Pleasantburg Drive, Suite 4D, Greenville, SC 29607
T: 864-242-9988 - F: 864-242-0505


Look for organizations that will deliver your message of support and commitment. If they do not mention Patten towers, please let them know of the community need and your desire to help.

Being homeless is devastating. Losing access to family, work and food resources only compounds that experience. You can help.

Step up locals. Take pride in being a part of supporting your community in a time of need.

"It's your City"

Donate what you can and however you can.

Stephanie Everett
Everett Heritage Farm
Chickamauga, Ga, 


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