The American Red Cross and several community partners are operating a multi-agency resource center at the Life Center, 5804 S. Datura St., Littleton, to help meet the needs of seniors who were displaced due to a fire at the Southview Place Towers apartment complex fire on April 6, 2016. The resource center is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Plans are to operate the resource center through Wednesday, April 27.
Residents displaced from Southview are encouraged to visit the resource center to meet with caseworkers and agency representatives to discuss their disaster-related needs and get help with planning their long-term recovery. Representatives from the American Red Cross, Love INC, Arapahoe County Housing and Community Development, Knights of Columbus, St. Mary Catholic Parish, and the United Way have come together to offer resources including:
• Packing and moving services
• Vouchers for clothing
• Real estate searches for available housing
• Food pantry
• Veterans assistance
• Gift cards to King Soopers and Safeway
• Gift cards to Savers
• Limited financial assistance
• Help refilling medications
• Weekday transportation
• Select furnishings
• Spiritual care and direction
• Referrals for other services such as mental health and counseling
Representatives of the Southview Place Towers apartment complex are also at the resource center to meet with residents and provide information.
HOW TO HELP
At this time, food, clothing, and furniture needs of the evacuees of this apartment fire are being directly met through the collaborative efforts of the agencies, non-profits and religious groups listed above. If you would like to support these efforts, please consider making a financial donation to one of these organizations.
The most pressing immediate needs for which we are seeking help are:
• Landlords/property owners who have vacant, ADA-compliant, affordable apartment units available to lease to the seniors, who will not be able to return to their apartments and need appropriate, affordable housing to move into as a permanent new home. Ideally, these units are in the greater Littleton/Arapahoe County area. Landlords with vacancies should contact Arapahoe County Housing and Community Development: Liana Escott at 303-738-8066.
• Donations or deep discounts on vacant storage units where seniors can store their belongings temporarily while seeking long-term housing solutions. Please direct offers to Denise Wisdom, (303) 607-4751 or email@example.com.
• Donations or deep discounts on moving vans and labor to help seniors move their belongings from the apartment complex to storage units or new homes. Please direct offers to Denise Wisdom, (303) 607-4751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of volunteers and donors to carry out its mission. If you would like to help people affected by this fire and other disasters large and small in Colorado, please consider donating online or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.