Some Still Looking For Permanent Shelter After West Oakland Fire

A number of charities and businesses are lending a hand

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
August 21, 2019 - 3:37 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Eighteen families were displaced by the fire over the weekend at now-condemned West Oakland apartments.

All have been moved out of an emergency shelter, but some are still seeking permanent housing.

Lara Washington, the CEO of building management company Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation tells KDKA Radio’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland many of the residents want to stay in the area:

“There’s a shortage of affordable housing in the Hill so we are trying to allow them to keep their support system in their community,” said Washington.

Washington adds they are doing what they can to assist with the transition:

“We’re distributing $100 Giant Eagle gift cards today but we’re also focusing on the physically and behavioral services given the trauma that can accompany something like arson,” said Washington.

Several charities are also helping including the Red Cross, I dream of World, Rev. Grayson Center That Cares, Petra Ministries, Nobel Maseru and Ikewear36

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