Updates on Rally, Protest & Rescue Efforts
WHCA benefit concert for Windermere is a success!
The March 5, 2011 Windermere benefit concert organized by Walnut Hill Communication Association with N’bba, International and Monumental Baptist Church raised over $5,000 at the event. Combined with proceeds from the Drexel benefit, Lady M show, online donation and mailed checks, we now have $6,849.59 in collected & promised cash donations. WHCA is now working on distributing the proceeds from all our fund-raising venues, to the former residents of the Windermere. WHCA will contact former residents directly (either email or phone) to inform them of the distribution plan. For the purpose of transparency, the distribution plan will be available on this website. Click here for details.
As WHCA will be distributing donations on March 26, we strongly encourage those who want to help to DONATE NOW so that we can ensure that the donations reach the Windermere victims by the end of March. All donations collected by WHCA will be distributed directly to the Windermere former tenants.
February 21, 2011
At this writing, former tenants of the Windemere Court Apartment have been provided limited access to their previous home (restricted to a 48 hour window) to salvage their belongings. Since the protest on Feb 14, one more cat have been rescued at the Windemere (check out rescue efforts to date). While some individuals have been able to recover some valuable possessions, there have been irreplaceable losses. Walnut Hill Community Association is still accepting clothing and personal effects donations. There will also be a planning meeting on Monday, February 21 at 3 pm at WHCA office at the Chatham Apartment (location TBD) for a concert benefit and distribution of clothing and monetary donations.
February 15, 2011
At the protest on Monday, February 14, Walnut Hill Community Association received a copy of the consent order signed by Judge Panepinto ordering the demolition of the building. Protesters, including WHCA and other supporters had gathered around the building while former tenants tried to file an injunction to stop the demolition. According to reports on the 6 pm evening news Monday, Feb 14, the slated demolition of Windemere Court is on hold. On Tuesday, Feb 15, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell says residents of the Windermere Court Apartments can now go to the complex to retrieve their belongings and pets. “Tenants as of today, Tuesday, can report from noon to three and five to seven at the apartment building to get their belongings,” she said. The owners of the property issued a statement saying they are still not sure if belongings and animals can be retrieved, and there is no guarantee that it will be possible. In the meantime, WHCA learned of a 3rd cat recovered on Friday, February 11(check out City Kitties rescue efforts to date).
February 13, 2011
Walnut Hill Community Association joined residents from Windemere Court Apartments in a rally on Saturday, February 12 to protest the lack of communication and coordination assistance from the landlord and the City in residents’ efforts to retrieve personal belongings and pets from the building. It was particularly disturbing to learn that despite reports of pets still in the building (check out City Kitties rescue efforts to date), the landlord had obtained a permit to demolish the building starting Monday, February 14. There is another rally planned for Monday morning to protest the demolition and to draw attention to the disregard for residents’ lives and memories as embodied in their possessions that will be destroyed along with the building. There have been no communications from the building owner or the City to the residents regarding the 6 closed door meetings between the City and the landlord in these past month. To support our neighbors in their fight to get some part of their lives back, WHCA encourages residents and members to join in the rally on Monday, February 14 at 8:45 am
February 5, 2011
Walnut Hill Community Association met with Windermere Court Apartments’ residents on Saturday, February 5 to distribute donated clothing and personal items. A follow-up meeting with leaders of the displaced residents on Tuesday, February 8 uncovered distressing information. Despite Councilwoman Blackwell’s efforts to have the building independently assessed, the building owner has sealed the building and dismissed the security company guarding the building. There have been no communications from the building owner to the residents regarding these actions. Since the City have not provided communication and coordination assistance to residents in their efforts to retrieve personal belongings and pets (check out City Kitties rescue efforts to date), residents are holding a rally on Saturday (2/12) at 2 pm at the corner of 48th & Walnut to call attention to their plight. WHCA urges residents and members to join to show support for our fellow neighbors who have suffered not only this great disaster but inconsiderate treatment by their landlord and the City.