January 6, 2015, Los Angeles, CA: After opening a shelter on New Year’s Eve for residents of the Whittier Manor apartment complex, the Red Cross Los Angeles Region announced today that they have closed the shelter.
Residents were displaced because their residences had been declared uninhabitable. The Red Cross initially received notification from the Los Angeles County Fire Department regarding an incident where a multi-story complex had a partial balcony collapse. The buildings were later assessed by the City of Pico Rivera, Building and Safety Department and it was determined that it was not safe for residents to return to the 81-unit apartment complex.
The shelter closed today after six days, where the Red Cross provided cots, blankets, meals, recovery and relocation information to the 19 families and individuals seeking assistance in the shelter. The children of the families in the shelter were also assisted and entertained by the Church of the Brethren, Children’s Disaster Services. They also received toys that were donated by Disney, one of the Red Cross’ partners.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCrossLA.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA.