The church owns Friendship Towers, a 100-unit residence occupied by elderly residents, many of them in ill health. A chiller, installed six weeks ago, was supposed to repair the malfunctioning system but has thus far provided little relief. An unrelenting heat wave — Atlanta has topped 90 degrees every day since July 7 — has only compounded the discomfort.
“You go into the apartments and the thermometer reads anywhere from 85 to 87 degrees,” said community activist Derrick Boazman, a former Atlanta City Council member. “You’re talking about residents with fragile health.”