Response Agencies Seek Vacant ADA-Compliant Apartments for Longer-Term Needs; Red Cross Shelter Remains Open
Littleton, CO, April 14, 2016 — A local assisted living community has donated accommodations and care for up to two weeks for six seniors who have been displaced from their apartments by a fire at the Southview Place Towers in Littleton last week.
Brookdale Highlands Ranch will provide temporary living arrangements and care for the seniors after being contacted by Love INC, a local nonprofit that has been helping meet needs in response to an apartment fire that displaced 130 seniors on April 6. Most of the 130 displaced seniors have been staying with family, friends or hotels but an average of 14 have been spending the night at a Red Cross shelter across the street from the apartment complex. Last night, 15 residents stayed overnight at the shelter.
Brookdale had space to accommodate some residents temporarily. Red Cross nurses and caseworkers assessed the needs of residents and recommended six residents as the highest priority to move into the community, where they will have private rooms and care needs met.
The City of Littleton has also committed $5,000 to support expenses related to meeting the basic needs of the displaced seniors.
The Red Cross shelter will continue to remain open until all displaced residents have a safe place to stay. No date has been announced when residents will be allowed to return to their apartments. In the short-term, the Red Cross and partner agencies are seeking donations of ADA-compliant, vacant apartments for 30 days, although the occupancy may be shorter.
Some residents may not be able to or may not choose to return to their original apartments. For those residents, Arapahoe County Housing and Community Development is seeking to locate vacant, affordable, ADA-compliant apartments that the seniors can rent, ideally in the greater Littleton area/Arapahoe County. Landlords with vacancies should contact Liana Escott at 303-738-8066.
Note: Due to the vulnerabilities and physical needs of this population, we are NOT seeking offers of stays within occupied homes.
A variety of services and assistance will continue to be available at the Red Cross shelter and service center location:
· Meetings to provide updates for those evacuated from the apartment complex will continue to be held at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily at the shelter/service center. These meetings are open to evacuees of the apartment building and their caretakers and are not open to the general public or media. People affected by the fire and their families can also call 303-607-4796 for information and updates. A Red Cross caseworker will return phone calls within 24 hours.
· Meals will continue to be served at 7 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.
· Red Cross nurses will continue to staff the shelter/service center 24/7 to meet basic health needs and to help evacuees with medications.
· Emotional and spiritual care workers will be on site to provide comfort.
· Love INC is providing clothing, transportation and help with other needs such as setting up free hair appointments.
· Additionally, the Savers store in the neighborhood is offering evacuees a deep discount on clothing and bedding.
Pets are an important part of many families, and their needs are also being met by shelter that is being provided by the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley. Evacuees can board their pets at the Humane Society for free.
At this time, all basic needs of the evacuees of this apartment fire are being directly met through the collaborative efforts of a partnership of agencies, non-profits and religious groups. If you would like to support these efforts, please consider making a financial donation to one of these organizations.
The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of volunteers and donors to carry out its mission. To donate to the Red Cross or become a volunteer, please visit redcross.org/colorado.