Tuesday, The Saline Post shared a "call for action," asking Salinians to provide help to Thorncrest Apartment residents who were to be granted a short window to enter their condemned apartments to retrieve personal belongings.
At least eight residents of the apartment complex were displaced when the roof collapsed at 266 Clark Street Saturday morning. The apartments were evacuated and closed to residents for precautionary reasons. Residents have not been able to re-enter the apartments to retrieve belongings.
Tuesday, the Saline Post learned residents were going to be granted the opportunity to re-enter their apartments to collect their belongings between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesday. However, two of the eight residents are homeless. One is living in her van. Another pair of residents is staying in another apartment in the complex, but their situation is in flux and they could be moved out of that apartment within a week. Needless to say, displaced residents are going to face storage challenges.
The Saline Post shared a call to action asking residents to help provide storage, provide moving equipment (such as boxes and bags), and to help the residents move their belongings.
But later Tuesday evening, The Saline Post learned of changes. The displaced residents will not have access to their apartments Wednesday.
So, the call to action has been rescinded - for now.
Still, you can help.
- If you have storage space, the residents can use it.
- You can donate money to help the residents pay for storage. It's unclear how long residents will be out of their apartments. Saline Area Social Service, which has been providing food and other goods to the residents, will collect money for this effort.
- Start gathering moving materials, such as boxes and bags to donate when the residents are ready to move.
- Be ready to volunteer when residents need to move. We'll put out the call as soon as we get it.
Saline Area Social Service has been assisting displaced residents. Call 734-429-4570 or email [email protected] if you can help.
According to city officials and firefighters, the roof collapse was caused because a roofing company put heavy stacks of roofing materials in the center of the roof. The roof collapsed several feet and also damaged the exterior walls.
The city announced Monday night it was using its new dangerous building ordinance to ensure the building is brought back to safe standards.