Evil Homeowner’s Association Denies Make-A-Wish Playhouse, Surprised Everyone Hates Them Now

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playhouse-in-back-yardI hope you have your pitchforks handy because this story will make you want to raise them in rage-fueled protest: a Kansas City neighborhood’s homeowner’s association has denied a family permission to fulfill their sick daughter’s greatest wish. According to KCTV, six-year-old Ella Schultz is battling cancer and told her parents what she wants more than anything is a playhouse of her very own.

Her wish was all set to be granted, thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation and J.E. Dunn, a construction company who volunteered to build the house for free, but then her parents received a call letting them know their homeowner’s association would not approve the playhouse because “building a structure in the backyard would go against the neighborhood’s covenants.” Ella’s mom says the little girl broke down in tears when she found out her wish could not be granted.

The decision outraged neighbors, who began decorating their mailboxes and front porches in green in support of Ella and took to social media using the hashtag #SaveEllasWish to raise awareness. The hashtag has gained national attention, with several people offering to pay whatever fees the homeowner’s association imposes if the Schultz family decides to go ahead and build the playhouse without permission.

Homeowner’s association leaders refused to comment until last night when they issued an official statement hinting at reconsideration:

Our hearts are with Ella Schultz and her family as they battle this terrible illness. Our homeowners’ association board is committed to working with Make-A-Wish Foundation and J.E. Dunn to see if we can figure out a way to make Ella’s wish come true. The initial request from Make-A-Wish to place a barn-style shed was not accepted because the board did not have enough information to grant an exception to the subdivision’s covenants. In hopes of getting enough information, we are requesting an immediate meeting with Make-A-Wish and J.E. Dunn Construction to work out a solution in the most expeditious manner possible.

It’s an encouraging move, but they shouldn’t need to reconsider because their denial was an unquestionably bad decision in the first place. They can claim all they want that they “did not have enough information” to make an exception, but they note right in their statement that the initial request came from Make-A-Wish Foundation. It was obvious from the beginning they were dealing with special circumstances and it shouldn’t have taken a massive social media campaign to force them to find a solution. Ella deserves her playhouse, and I hope she gets it regardless of what the homeowner’s association thinks.

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