Stonecrest residents getting help from community | News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A community is wrapping it's arms around its neighbors in need after THV 11 reported that a judge deemed the Stonecrest apartment complex unsafe, leaving more than two dozen people with just days to find a new place to live.
It may not seem like much, but a hot breakfast served up with encouragement is a whole lot for residents like Jennifer Williams.
"I think it's a blessing that there are people looking out for us, because a lot of people out here don't have avenues they can go through, and they need somebody looking out for them because at the end of the day we're all going be homeless," said Williams.
A judge ordered Williams and about 30 other Stonecrest apartment residents out by Jan.25 and shut down the complex, citing deplorable conditions.
Reverend Hezekiah Stewart and the Moody Chapel AME church is partnering with property managers from other central Arkansas complexes to help hand out applications.
Little Rock housing and neighborhood program director Andre Bernard said as tough as this is, it has to be done.
"The city has a responsibility to enforce our housing code anytime we become aware of issues that are in violation. We are just out to look for the safety health and welfare of the residents," he said.
"Since I've been living there, the conditions have been horrible, sewage coming up through your floors, through your bathtubs, no heat, no air, people living without refrigerators/stoves, basic necessities," said Williams. "We're on a fixed income that's why we're there in the first place. Nobody moves into circumstances like that if they have a choice to go somewhere else."
And even though this day was all about helping, Williams and others worry about their future.
"How are you supposed to make preparations in a week? To go somewhere. People have just given money and have no money to be able to move nowhere because of that," added Williams. "Right now my only plan is I'm going on God's good graces that He's gonna make a way."
Some residents are getting relocation help from the complex's management company. It's mainly for referrals to other properties with vacancies, but they will have to apply for them and put down deposits.