Donor helps Newberg tenants avoid eviction and pays for new air conditioners

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NEWBERG, Ore. — Thanks to the generosity of a donor, Newberg tenants are welcoming new air conditioning units into their homes and the threat of eviction is gone.

Niki Sherman, one of the women living in Haworth Terrace affected by Yamhill County Housing Authority eviction notices, is finally going to sleep well after weeks of suffering without air conditioning. “I’m so excited,” Sherman said.

After hearing about the plight of the tenants from our media partner KGW, Kim Stark bought three portable air conditioners and spent $1,500. “Do you want them here?” Stark asked. “Yes please!” said one of the women who lives in the low-income housing complex. “It’s a good day. It’s a miracle day,” Stark said. “I felt really bad for them and I wanted to help them. I’ll share what I have with people. rich because I would buy more air conditioners for everyone here.

Norman Chusid, runs Ankeny Hardware, where Stark bought them, and said, “I was amazed. I was flabbergasted. We’re happy to deliver them for free and put them in every unit and so that’s what we did today.

The Housing Authority said window air conditioners were a fire hazard and cited federal rules prompting the eviction notices earlier this month.

A tenant’s right to air conditioning has been a hot topic for state lawmakers, especially after the deadly heat dome event last summer. They took action in March, passing a bill allowing tenants to install air conditioning in their apartments.

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