By Chris Rotar
Longer-term housing options are being sought for seniors evacuated last week after a fire at their Littleton apartment building.
More than a dozen residents of Southview Place Towers have been spending each night since the April 6 fire at a Red Cross shelter. The other residents of the 130-unit building have been staying with family or friends or in a hotel.
As of the afternoon of April 14, the cause of the fire was still being investigated and no decision had been made on when the residents could again spend the night at the apartment building at 5820 S. Windermere St.
"We're taking it one day at a time," said Ted Lemke, a resident of the 55-and-over apartment complex.
With uncertainty looming, Arapahoe County Housing and Community Development is "seeking to locate vacant, affordable, (Americans with Disabilities Act)-compliant apartments that the seniors can rent, ideally in greater Littleton/Arapahoe County," states a news release by the Red Cross.
Landlords with vacancies are asked to call Liana Escott, community development administrator for the county, at (303) 738-8066.
The county is not alone in its efforts to secure housing for the seniors.
Littleton-based South Metro Housing Options is working to relocate three of the displaced seniors, according to Joe Hamit, the housing authority's executive director.
Brookdale Highlands Ranch, a senior-living community on University Boulevard, has offered to provide "accommodations and care for up to two weeks for six seniors" displaced by the fire, according to the Red Cross.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross will continue to operate a shelter - its second location following the fire - across the street from the apartment building. On April 13, more than a dozen evacuees were moved from Littleton United Methodist Church to the nearby Life Center, 5804 S. Datura St.
"The Red Cross shelter will continue to remain open until all displaced residents have a safe place to stay," the news release states.