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Allow Velma Cameron to keep her "Purple Garden"

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Ms. Velma Cameron is an 82 yr Elderly, disabled woman of meager income, who lives in an apartment managed by the Missoula Housing Authority.  She is my friend! Last week Velma received a letter demanding that she remove all but 10 flower pots from her area by her apartment, even though she had been there for 13 years with this same garden in the same space, same pots. No one ever said she was not in compliance with her lease or that she was violating anything. That changed on Monday and she was given until Thursday to remove all but 10 pots or be in violation of her lease. 

I have been to her place, and the flowers are lovely, creating a space of tranquility which Velma likes to enjoy throughout her days during the spring into the late fall. She feel it brings beauty to the cement walks and parking lots she faces.. It is her contribution to the Green footprint, here at Russell Square, she said. According to the Housing Authority, violation of the lease could cause her to lose her funding which she needs on her very limited income. 

The rules are very vague, ambiguous, and subject to interpretation. She does not want to have to find somewhere else to live, and loves her apartment. If she has to give up her flowers, then she can stay. But if she decides to fight this, she is but one small voice. Let's help her by saying Honor our Elders! Please help her keep her Purple Garden by signing the petition below. Let's use our voice to stop authority figures from ridiculous actions like taking flowers from an elderly, poor, disabled lady who only spreads Joy and good deeds whever she goes. 

"Whereas the " Purple Garden" is a beautiful and tranquil area amidst the parking lots, and does greatly enrich the Russell Square community; does not smell foul; does not obstruct the sidewalk nor cause a tripping hazard; nor pose a threat of bodily harm by cords or hanging pots hanging from lowest part of rail to stairs at 58 inches from the ground, I encourage Missoula Housing Authority to allow it to continue in its present form."

 



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