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Former Yale Park residents continue search for permanent housing

Posted at 3:11 PM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 18:37:15-04

While estimates are around 2,500 violations, city inspectors are still trying to determine exactly how many problems the Yale Park Apartments have while local organizations continue to work find the building's former residents new permanent homes

There are still hundreds of people at the Adams Park shelter but that number is getting smaller each day. Heartland Family Service says as of Tuesday night, 16 families have signed leases and are ready to move into new apartments or rental homes.

Additionally, 20 more families are awaiting application approval or are signing a lease soon and another 13 families are working on pre-approval for home ownership. 

Because many of the adults are refugees, Heartland Family Service says its critical they get permanent housing as fast as possible. 

"The experiences they're having isn't a refugee camp but it is a disaster temporary shelter where people are staying on cots and don't know what the next step is going to be for them," Heartland Family Service VP Joanie Poore said. "So it's been really important to us that we make that time in that temporary situation as short as possible and that we bring out as many resources as we can through our organization."

In the meantime, Heartland Family Service says the shelters at Columbus Park and Adams Park are in need of toiletries, diapers and specific foods like grapes, bananas and pears.