Follow ColumbiaCents on

Support ColumbiaCents! Just Click LIKE

« Feinstein Squanders Gun Legislation Momentum | Main | Strong Mayor Returning to Columbia in 2013 »
Friday
Jan042013

Steve Benjamin Quietly Helps Neighbors at West Ave Apartments

I came upon a story on twitter about a woman whose heat was out in New Jersey.

 

It got me thinking. Why can't stuff like that happen here in Columbia? Mayor Booker is just using social media to answer community requests and respond to concerns. I want MY mayor to swoop in to help grandma's needing heat.

I got lucky enough for Mayor Benjamin to respond

Its a great gesture. Cory Booker is a great and compassionate Mayor."

Then he followed up. "Have you followed the WLTX coverage of the West Ave Apartments? Bad story turned good. Your City at work."

So i started digging in. The West Ave apartments are located behind Richland Memorial. Its poorer area but the folks were just like any of us trying to work and give their kids a good Christmas.

The apartments were was loaded with fire hazards since the heat went out. The owner had been fined repeatedly for code violations. The fire marshal was forcing the people out for their own safety.

They were being put up in a hotel for 2 nights, but would be on the street by Christmas. This is where WLTX and Mayor Benjamin stepped in.

Mayor Benjamin after meeting the family went to Gil Walker at the Columbia Housing Authorities and working together got Emergency Vouchers. With these the families were able to move into their new apartment by Christmas, provided by the Columbia Housing Authority. Meanwhile WLTX did a great series of stories to keep awareness on the issue.

Although the mayor didn't wear a cape he did manage to help alot of people. He also didn't feel the need to make it into a campaign event. So I got the leadership I wanted for my community, even if I didn't know it.

 

Hat tip to Nate Stewart @WLTXNateStewart whose work I relied heavily on for this piece.

 

Track Columbiacents on Facebook and @ColumbiaCents

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>