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Time to rally around residents at Westchester

The Westchester Plaza, an assisted-living facility in Fort Worth, is set to close Aug. 10.
The Westchester Plaza, an assisted-living facility in Fort Worth, is set to close Aug. 10. AP

More than 70 of our neighbors need our help right now.

They’re older or have disabilities. And they have to find somewhere else to live and move out of the Westchester Plaza apartments by Aug. 10.

Imagine how tough it would be to suddenly have to move, some after 10 years or more. Now imagine trying to find another place, pack and move if you couldn’t drive or couldn’t get around well.

These are the weakest and most vulnerable among us. They have three weeks to find another home.

After 66 years — first as a luxury 12-story apartment tower and later as an assisted-living retirement high-rise — the Westchester is closing.

As a resident told WFAA/Channel 8, “No one has no place to go.”

United Way of Tarrant County has issued an unusual community call for donated packing boxes and for getting the residents packed and relocated.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Area Agency on Aging are identifying new homes for the residents. But they still need help moving.

It is very disappointing that more than 70 older residents with disabilities have not attracted more attention and support from their elected county and city officials.

United Way is organizing donations and volunteers at unitedwaytarrant.org/westchesterplaza. Let’s help.

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