For Immediate Release: April 12, 2022
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Color Of Change Secures Protections for Holly Court Apartments’ Tenants After Mass Eviction
TAMPA, FL — Following a wave of evictions at Holly Court Apartments in Tampa, Florida Color Of Change supported impacted tenants in January through a rapid-response campaign demanding the management company, Palm Communities LLC, honor full-term leases and resolve long-standing utility issues. Amanda N. Jackson, Color Of Change campaign director, released the below statement regarding recent developments:
“Color Of Change is proud to have worked alongside residents of Holly Court Apartments to advocate for tenants who previously received eviction notices from Palm Communities LLC. The response, organized by tenant Victoria Lee using Color Of Change’s OrganizeFor platform, mobilized thousands of Color Of Change members to take action and amplify tenant demands — including calls for management to address the persistent water supply issues, honor full-term leases, and support displaced tenants. After several protests, including an organized sleep-in, Palm Communities Manager Dan Pepper engaged with Color Of Change and agreed to honor full-term lease agreements, provide temporary housing options for displaced residents, and resolve maintenance issues in a timely manner.
Housing is a human right, but business interests too often trump the needs of Black and low-income residents who live in buildings owned by companies or private equity firms. Color Of Change will continue to work with Palm Communities to ensure the needs of impacted current and former tenants — the majority of whom are Black and low-income — are adequately and urgently met. Our millions of members will also continue to support broader efforts to ensure Black people and other marginalized communities have access to affordable, reliable housing nationwide.”
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