Two weeks after 241 low-income, elderly and disabled tenants were displaced by a fire at Patten Towers, the building’s owner has offered money to relief agencies that have sheltered the residents.

PK Management, the corporate owner of the 100-year-old building, which now serves as government-subsidized Section 8 housing, has started offering donations to local agencies involved with providing services to meet the immediate needs of residents who were rendered homeless by the fire.

Greg Waite, CEO of the local Red Cross, said his organization received $10,000.


The contribution pales in comparison to the $50,000 Waite estimated the Red Cross had spent on providing shelter, transportation and medical assistance to the residents of Patten Towers since May 28.

“Money’s money, so every bit helps,” Waite said.

Kimberly George, director of marketing and development for the local Salvation Army, said the organization had received a $7,000 check from PK Management. George said she appreciated the donation, but added that total costs for her organization had been in the $15,000 range.

“We provided all the meals, snacks and beverages,” George said. “We also provided spiritual and emotional care. We’re still determining unmet needs and any needs that are out there for the residents.”

PK Management also offered donations to Goodwill, East Brainerd Church of Christ and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. PK Management did not return phone calls and emails by seeking the amount of donations to the three agencies or if they planned any additional contributions.

Overall costs for outreach by city organizations have topped at least $80,000.

PK Management, which owns more than 140 properties nationwide, has committed to ensuring hotel stays for at least 130 displaced residents of Patten Towers until June 17. After that, their fate is unclear.

Officials have said repairs to Patten Towers could take as long as six to eight weeks.