A fund has been established through the Arapahoe County Foundation in an effort to assist Littleton seniors who lost their homes after a recent apartment fire.
"Many of these seniors have lived here for years and lack the financial resources to cope with this disaster," states a news release from Arapahoe County.
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The more than 130 residents of Southview Place Towers, 5820 S. Windermere St., were told on April 19 their leases were terminated in the aftermath of an April 6 fire that started on the fourth floor. The building will not be inhabitable for at least six months, according to a spokesman for the apartment complex's owners. Residents began removing their belongings April 21 and will continue to do so until the end of the month.
To contribute to the Southview Apartment Fire Victims Account through the Arapahoe County Foundation, visit www.razoo.com/story/Southview-Towers-Apartment-Fire-Victims-Fund
Or mail a check payable to "Arapahoe County Foundation" to 5334 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120. Include "Southview Apartment Fire Victims" on the memo line of your check.
The Arapahoe County Foundation is a nonprofit corporation organized as a 501(c)(3) and donors will receive a donation acknowledgement letter for tax purposes, the release states.
"All funding raised will be used exclusively to support the victims of the fire, through needs such as utility deposits, security deposits, moving expenses, initial supplies of food and necessities and other needs."
In addition, Arapahoe County commissioners have voted to designate about $50,000 in grant funding to help the seniors with security deposits and other rental requirements.
"Our Arapahoe County community has always been generous and willing to give to those in need," Nancy Doty, chair of the board of county commissioners, said in the news release. "These seniors have lost their homes and most of their possessions, and we hope our citizens will join us in helping them during this time."
The staff of the Arapahoe County Community Resources department also is working to locate housing options.
A resource center is open daily at 5804 S. Datura St. in Littleton to assist victims and their families. Landlords are encouraged to contact the center through Arapahoe County Community Resources if they have affordable units available at 303-738-8040. Citizens can also contact Community Resources with questions or for more information.
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